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Yeshua Jesus’ Teachings and the Fulfillment of the Torah

The Ten Commandments are foundational to the Jewish faith and should also be foundational to Followers of Yeshua (Christians). As God gave them to Moses on Mount Sinai after the Exodus, Jacob’s “family” officially became the “nation” of Israel. Compare these details with Yeshua’s answer the scribe who asked Him to define the “greatest” commandment. The Lord never referenced the “Decalogue,” the 10 Commandments. Doesn’t that seem odd? Hang on, maybe He did…

Image of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai

What Christians Can Learn from the Jewish Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments are foundational to the Jewish faith and should also be foundational to Followers of Yeshua (Christians). As God gave them to Moses on Mount Sinai after the Exodus, Jacob’s “family” officially became the “nation” of Israel. Compare these details with Yeshua’s answer the scribe who asked Him to define the “greatest” commandment. The Lord never referenced the “Decalogue,” the 10 Commandments. Doesn’t that seem odd? Hang on, maybe He did…

Counting the Omer

What is the Counting of the Omer? Are You Preparing for His Power and Presence?

Starting from the second night of Passover, the Bible encourages us to all become “Pentecostals” by initiating a forty-nine-day minor festival culminating on the Day of Pentecost—“Pentecost,” meaning “fifty.” The first fruits festival, known as “The Counting of the Omer” or simply “The Omer,” marks a culmination of three unique historical events and has enormous significance in the life of a disciple of Yeshua – Jesus.

Pentecost Birth of the Church

The Birth of the Church: Community and Mission

The Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 as the “birth of the Church.” This language ostensibly implies the start of something new. However, we should be cautious of such terminology lest we fall into the trap of “replacement theology.” The Pentecost event in Acts was not a replacement of Israel but rather the renewal of covenantal relationship and purpose with a radical expansion.

Receive Power

You Will Receive Power and You Will Be My Witness

A Fire that Will Not Die “You will receive power… and you will be my witnesses…Acts 1:4,5,8 – The Resurrected Lord spent forty days with His disciples, preparing them to set the world on fire and carry out the Great Commission. However, He did not immediately send them out. Instead, He told them that they needed to wait and pray. While they knew the Father and spent years getting to know Yeshua, they would now need to receive and get to know the Ruach (the Hebrew word for “Spirit”).

Pentecost Black Fire White Fire

Black Fire on White Fire | Shavuot, Pentecost and the Word

Shavuot / The Sinai event was several things wrapped in one; perhaps most significantly, the “Word became flesh and dwelt among us”. In recounting the giving of the Law at Pentecost, Moses said, “Adonai came from Sinai and dawned on Bnei-Yisrael from Seir. He shone forth from Mount Paran, and He came from the holy myriads— blazing fire for them from His right hand.” (Deuteronomy 33:2). Shavuot (the Feast of Weeks), also known as Pentecost, is the traditional Jewish celebration of the reception of the Torah. It occurs seven weeks or fifty days after the feast of Passover, hence its name (the Greek word Πεντηκοστή – Pentēkostē, meaning “fiftieth”)

Christmas Hanukkah holidays

Holiday Mirrors: What Hanukkah and Christmas Have in Common

Holiday Mirrors: What Hanukkah and Christmas Have in Common. The rich tradition and theological substance of holidays like Hanukkah bind us together as a community. Why wouldn’t we want to remember and celebrate an event that caused heaven’s armies to pause and erupt in lavish praise? As much as the Nativity and Hanukkah have some profound differences, they also have some deep similarities. As such, they both deserve a place in our practice and our communal storytelling.

What is Thanksgiving

What is Thanksgiving

What is Thanksgiving? It is so much more than a holiday—it’s a lifestyle for Followers of Yeshua – Jesus! Being thankful when things are going well in our lives is one thing, but “always”? “In everything”? The Apostle (and Rabbi!) Paul gave clear directives to those early believing communities. He expected thanksgiving would be a constant among them, even when enduring challenges. Frankly, this seems a bit idealistic, don’t you think? How can believers be thankful all the time?

The Names of God YHVH

Who Are You? YHVH – The Name of God

We have to ask: what is the Hebrew name for God? A deep dive into God’s name reveals not just who He is but how that reality affects our lives. How should we live now that we know God to be the Father revealed in Yeshua? This is why our journey deeper in God’s Word matters: it calls us to a new way of life.

Shemini Atzeret

Shemini Atzeret: Eighth Day Assembly

Shemini Atzeret: According to Numbers 29:35, “On the eighth day there shall be for you an assembly. You are to do no regular work.” The holiday’s name literally means “Eighth Day Assembly.” Shemini Atzeret’s distinction is vital because its focus differs from Sukkot’s and ties directly to the “Lord’s Prayer” from Yeshua Jesus.

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