A daily break in your day to celebrate our salvation in Yeshua (Jesus) and our abundant life through the Torah

About Us

Messianic Sabbath is intended as a place of daily rest from your busy day to meditate on Yehovah’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” and to God by his personal name YHVH or Yehovah.)

What is Messianic?

Messianic is the belief that Yeshua (Jesus) is Yehovah’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 Yehovah’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 are not saved by the law, but obey it because we are saved.  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 Yehovah’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 Yehovah 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 Yehovah for more than 40 years, I can honestly say since I opened my heart to truly understanding the Torah and the Hebrew roots of Christianity, Yehovah has now showered me with new understanding, unexpected blessings, strengthened faith and fresh excitement daily.
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18 responses

  1. Tish Russo

    Hello, you are on point praise our Adonai, God and Yeshua, Jesus for you!. It’s a difficult road approaching bible study leaders, pastors and other believers in love and compassion sharing the bible truth, scriptures showing the verbal passed down traditions are idolatry mixing a false gospel. The rejection and anger is sadly amazing…even with proof of scriptures.

    It’s taken me years to find a Messianic Congregation in Woodland Hills, CA.

    The other problem is also that believers and pastors are not preparing believers for the warning in the gospel for the famine and drought believers will be in PART of the tribulation according to scriptures, to follow the political climate Israel, our brothers and sisters that we share our inheritance wtih. At the end times in scriptures a NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH, the earth is the NEW JERUSALEM where we will be.

    I will share your website with others and will put it on my gospel materials, and upcoming seminar.

    FYI Rabbi Schneider shockingly and unfortunately acknowledges christmas. I saw it on his channel.

    I recommend Jonathan Cahn as a resource to point people as he is preparing people for upcoming end times as written in scriptures.

    Also, I was wondering what area you live in as you would be a great speaker to coordinate with for upcoming lecture series seminars.

    I live in Valencia, CA. currently.

    Bless you my sister in Yeshua, Jesus and all the people I have seen on your site staying faithful.

    May 12, 2016 at 4:48 pm

  2. Casey

    I am all alone in this. I agree with all of these beliefs, but have no one to relate with. I go to a Christian church that encourages Easter and Christmas and so on, which I do not want to participate. I want to establish these practices in my home and felIowship with others likemindedness. I am in deeper waters and in search of others out there with the same beliefs to connect with. So if you live around the Houston area please reach out.

    March 16, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    • Carole Kapsner

      Hi Casey…. I have a friend in Conroe, Tx and sent this blog address to her.. hope she contacts you esp if you live within a driving distance. I’m not very familiar with Texas cities. I can relate to your feeling all alone in this walk… that was also my experience several years back. When my conscience would no longer allow me to worship on Sunday, but to keep Sabbath, I set two places at my Erev Shabbat table (I’m single) … one for me and one for Yeshua, and poured a glass of wine; had a bite of bread and salt– and that’s how I started. My church friends didn’t wish to see me much anymore when they found I would not return to them. BUT!!! I can guarantee that YHVH knows where you are and will honor you when you honor Him. Just keep studying online and at home… use all the many resources we have these days. He is faithful!

      May 5, 2016 at 6:07 am

  3. Theresa Jackson

    Hi, My husband and I have been Christians for 26 years. Lately we have felt that God is maybe pushing us to go further with Him. We have never done christmas with santa, halloween or even easter with the easter bunny or participated in activities that go against the Bibles teachings. We have raised our family in this way as well. But now we are feeling like maybe we should be keeping the Biblical feast. We are also finding that everything we are teaching our kids and believing is not lining up with the christian church . We have been keeping the Saturday Sabbath for the last year or so and feel that we are doing as we should. But we are left with finding another church home because the teaching at our church for the last 26 years is not what we believe to be truth now. We have visited Seventh Day Sabbath and a small Messianic Church. The Seventh Day Sabbath was nice but we didnt feel we should continue there. The Messianic was so different that it was kind of awkward. We are not sure we completely understand the Messianic movement. Is it for people with no Jewish heritage? Any suggestions on finding a new church home and any other suggestions on this new road would be much appreciated. We really want to be what God is asking us to be. Thank you, Theresa Jackson

    December 8, 2015 at 7:07 am

    • Theresa, I know exactly how you feel. I studied and sought Yehovah for a couple of years on my own before a realized really what I needed to do. You can be confident that all of Yehovah’s instructions (Old & New Covenants) are for followers of Yeshua, not just Jewish people.

      In conjunction with seeking Yehovah and testing everything against his Word, I would recommend the books included here and also the teaching links on my Recommended Links page. It is a Messianic congregation you are looking for, however, you would likely be most comfortable with Messianic Christians vs. Messianic Jews to begin with. As you learn more, you may be comfortable in a Jewish Messianic synagogue, however, you could ask others in a Messianic Jewish congregation to introduce you to those with a Christian background – there are likely to be a few you could connect with that would be helpful. Another avenue is finding Christians that have a heart for Israel or Jewish people. They may be on the same path as you and not realize there are others like them.

      I hope this gives you some help and encouragement. I found that learning on my own for a couple of years was very beneficial for hearing Yehovah for my foundation before submitting to a leader.

      I pray Yehovah will continue to bless your journey and lead you into his truth.

      December 22, 2015 at 9:14 pm

  4. Lilly

    Iam new God just opened my eyes in 06/09/15, when I saw this site, im greatful thankful to God. He lead me to this site because I was fasting and seeking him and now im more hungrier then never before. blessed by all your comments. Glory to God!

    September 8, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    • That’s fantastic, Lilly. I’ve found that that’s about the only way to come to a Messianic understanding – God has to bring you there Himself. Rarely do I hear of someone being convinced by another person. Kudos to you for sincerely seeking Him and being willing to follow into a new understanding.

      September 9, 2015 at 7:28 pm

  5. David Hernandez

    I have been servant of Jesus for about 20 years. I am Pentecostal and really bless by the grace of God. However, digging deeper thanks to a number of good brothers from different denominations I have found to get closer to God by excepting the Torah. It is really a challenge understanding it for now but come to find out every day the coming of our Yeshua becomes clearer trough the study of the whole bible.

    I thank God for your spirit!

    September 7, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    • I can completely relate, David. It was hard to believe I grew up in the church and missed the Torah, feasts and sabbath all those years. Everyone in our congregation has experienced the same thing – it’s just God’s timing, calling more of his people to back his original intent. Thanks for your note.

      September 8, 2015 at 8:59 pm

  6. Evangelist John Nduka

    Thank you so much for the work you did on Isaiah 60.
    You really, broke it down for me
    John Nduka
    Houston, TX

    June 13, 2015 at 7:51 pm

  7. Why do so many so-called Christians want to give up the Sabbath? The other Commands they are willing to obey.

    September 24, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    • I agree, the Sabbath is one of God’s best blessings. The lies of the enemy has robbed many believers of it in recent time. However, I believe God is restoring it for many, like He did for me.

      September 26, 2014 at 1:33 pm

  8. Carl Smith

    The best expression I’ve heard describing the meaning of Torah is that, “Torah is the teachings and instructions in the wisdom and will of God (YHVY) for righteous, Godly living.” As stated previous comments above, it would include all of the Tanakh (OT) as well as the Apostolic Writings (NT). Technically, Torah has been designated as the first five books of the Bible; but with this understanding the entire Bible could be expressed as the Torah of God. Each of the commandments in the Bible is an expression of an aspect of the character of God. One of Yeshua’s purposes was to clarify the true meanings of the instructions and teachings that had been given in the first place.

    Great web site. Thanks, Christi. Thank you, Father, for inspiring Christi to provide this site.

    February 10, 2013 at 3:28 am

    • Thank you, Carl, for your insightful comment on the subject. I always learn something new from your wisdom!

      February 12, 2013 at 6:49 am

  9. Shamir Roshan

    I am left wondering how you came to the idea that The Torah is composed of only The Scriptures written from Genesis to Deuteronomy?

    The whole text of The Bible is are God’s Words that AMEN do provide any man who will listen, receive and believe God and set their faith in His Name : YESHUA/JESUS and rest his trust upon all which He has made plain and fully completed. The Scriptures are replete with The Lord’s Justice, Legal parameters and Gracious Mercies (The Law) and His Instructions (Torah) for living according to His Ways that the man may obey His Commands, keep His Covenants and walk by His Faith in Love with Peace.

    I am the thirteenth in generations of my family lines who is recreated by The Messiah’s Great Faithfulness – a Jew born anew, and yet still I do not fully understand why Jesus chose the family of Heber (the Hebrews) to bring in Abraham, raise up Moses and come into our world in His Name Jesus. Shoot fire! The whole of The Scriptures is nothing but God’s Law and Torah and those holy words are not just found in the first testimony He has recorded but are also in the second too – they are the words of sound doctrine and excellency in righteousness and goodness by which any man may live and enjoy his life.

    July 13, 2012 at 10:56 am

    • Shamir, I agree with you, the whole Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit and contains our instructions for Godly living. I refer to the Torah as Genesis through Deuteronomy in my comment above as the original commandments Messianic believers typically refer to. There are no other new commandments given in the rest of the Bible that do not relate back to those in the books of Moses. You are right that some refer to the whole book as the Torah, as well.

      Thanks for helping clarify that. I appreciate your viewpoint.

      July 13, 2012 at 11:53 am

    • Tina

      The Bible says in Deuteronomy 7:6-9 the reason God chose the Hebrews.

      July 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm

  10. Sandra Brosious

    Amen!!

    May 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm

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