With my many changes in holiday celebrations, eating, dress and scriptural beliefs, some may believe and a few have asked, “Are you becoming a Jew.” Well, let me say this. My main goal is to be an obedient and loving son of YHVH just like Yeshua, who has shown us by example how to the please the Father.
About three years ago or so, I asked the Father to show me the truth no matter what it would seemingly cost to me. I just wanted to walk the straight and narrow as He has defined it in His word, not by any fruitless doctrines of Christianity, Judaism, any denomination, popular preacher, or most of all, my personal feelings and beliefs; yet, still willing to accept and promote any traditions, doctrines or teachings that adhere to His truth and are without defilement. I knew this would challenge myself along with those who know and love me.
So I started at the beginning of the book. I figured I cannot understand the present or future without understanding the beginning. And since it’s written by Hebrews, I began to learn the Hebrew language, the Hebraic mindset, traditions and culture . Understanding that even though the New Testament is translated to Greek, there is still a Hebraic mindset in the writings. So understanding Hebrew culture and idioms would be helpful in understanding what is being said. Also since, the promise was given to a Hebrew, Abram who became Abraham and his Seed, on to his son Isaac and his son Jacob who became Israel. Out of Israel came the 12 tribes of his sons, in which it was prophesied of Judah “his brothers shall praise him…bow down before him…the scepter shall not depart from Judah…” (Gen 49:8-10). Therefore, all the line of Kings of Israel that came after David came through Judah, including the future King, the Messiah, Yeshua.
Later, after King Solomon died Israel became two kingdoms (1 Kings 12); The Northern Kingdom called the House of Israel (Kings), sometimes called Ephraim (Eze 37:16-28) and the Southern Kingdom called the House of Judah (Jews) comprised mainly of the tribes of Judah, some Levites and Benjamites. Those who can be called Jews are either through direct descent from the tribe of Judah or of the House of Judah (Southern Kingdom) adhering to the principles of Judaism. The Apostle Paul (Rav Shaul) was a Benjamite (Phil 3:5, Rom 11:1) of the House of Judah thus being able to call himself a Jew. The House of Israel (Northern Kingdom, Ephraim) eventually went so deep into idol worship, Yah disowned them and dispersed them into the nations (Gentiles). Someone can be a Jew and be an Israelite but an Israelite doesn’t have to be a Jew. I hope my explanation is clear. If not, here’s a link to an outstanding teaching that gives full explanation: Identity Crisis. I strongly recommend watching it.
The Messiah was birthed through the lineage of Judah and House of Judah (Matt 1, Luke 3:23:38). Israel’s purpose has always and still is “to be a light to the nations” (Isa 42:6). The Messiah is the unique expression and embodiment of that Light (Luke 2:28-32). “Salvation is of the Jews”, Yeshua said (John 4:22) . “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel”(Matt 15:24)….”but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matt 10:6). Being the light and unification for all men who are out of covenant, the lost sheep of Israel and Gentiles (the nations), the Messiah Yeshua makes this complete and possible. All men are to see God in Israel, through Judah (Jews) in Yeshua (Rom 11). After the Messiah had risen and just before He ascended, He sent out His disciples, who were Jews, into the world to proclaim this message. That’s why so many came, because they were were Israelites out of covenant understanding there long awaited redemption had come in the Messiah and Gentiles were also allowed to accept this same promise. His mission: To unite the two as one (Eph 2:13-22, Eze 37:16-28), thus the reason the disciples asked in Acts 1:6, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
So as I celebrate the Feast Days of the Lord (Gods’prophetic calendar), they’re not just Jewish Feasts, these are His feasts (Lev. 23), observe the Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11) because of Gods passion for it (Isa 56) and eat clean and unclean (Lev 11), I do not believe I’m becoming a Jew. Although I do know for a fact, we wouldn’t have these precious scriptures if it weren’t for the Jewish people sacrificing there blood to protect it. Now I ask, have I misled anyone? I don’t think so . I’m just going back to the origin of the faith which will most likely look Jewish since Christianity is a sect of Judaism that has been cut off from it’s root. The earlier followers were called “The Way”, still a part of Judaism. Judaism has many sects or can I say “denominations”. Sound familiar? “The Way” was just one those sects; ones that believed Yeshua/Jesus was the Messiah. Not all Jews were out to kill believers in Messiah, many believed. The first believers were JEWS!!!
Rom_1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
The “Greek” represents the world because of the Greek philosophy that permeated the world at that time and continues till this day and has infiltrated Christianity through Roman thought, customs and traditions that have strong Greek roots and influence.
I believe I’m following His Word. No, I do not believe Yeshua did away with the very Word that He embodies (John 1:1, Matt 5:17). Although I do believe He perfected the High Priesthood in the order of Melchizedek. Check it out in the book of Hebrews. Read the whole book for context.
Now, since I, a former Gentile, believing on the Messiah, I have been made a new creation; the old man has been crucified in Him (Rom 6). His blood has redeemed me and given me His nature and I’m constantly being transformed into His likeness. Being regenerated from above through Yeshua, I have been brought into the family by adoption through His spirit as a son crying out Abba! Father! (Rom 8:15). What family? The family of the Israel of God.