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What is this Messianic movement stuff all about?

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The term “Messianic” as it is used today refers to a movement among Jews and Christians seeking to understand our faith according to its Hebraic roots.

When “the church” first began, all the followers of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah were Jewish. Yeshua did not intend to start a new religion. The Messianic believers were called “followers of the Way.” Sometimes, in relationship to Yeshua being called a Nazarene, they carried that name. Whichever label people gave them, they were a sect within Judaism.

"And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith." - Acts 6:7 (ESV)

After 1800 years of Western thought and theology, believers have begun returning to their historic, Hebraic roots.

"For we have found this man a plague, one who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the world and is a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes." - Acts 24:5 (ESV)

Today, believers all around the world are learning who they are as they seek the roots of the “Christian faith.” Messianism is a new movement that has much to unlearn as we find our footing in the Bible as not two testaments, but one cohesive whole.

"But we desire to hear from you what your views are, for with regard to this sect we know that everywhere it is spoken against.” - Acts 28:22
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There are some disagreements between Messianic groups (usually concerning the Torah), so what you find here on my website may not perfectly coincide with another Messianic’s understanding. However, we will all hold to the following ideas.

What do Messianic’s Believe?

Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah promised in Scripture as the Suffering Servant and the Soon and Coming King.

He was prophesied to redeem His chosen people, Israel, and fulfilled perfectly over 300 prophecies. These include the time He would come, His ministry, and how He would die (all in Isaiah 53).

Messianic’s are evangelical in that they actively pursue spreading the Gospel, with special emphasis on reaching Jews. This is an area that has not been taught until recently and is a focal point of many Messianic groups.

Although Yeshua stated that He had come “for the lost sheep of Israel,” it is through Israel that “all the families of the earth will be blessed.” Without the Jews, no one would be saved.

shabbat

Shabbat, (called by my Pastor’s wife “a sanctuary in time”) is a reason to celebrate each week on the seventh-day Sabbath (Shabbat in Hebrew). Genesis 2:3 is the first mention of this gift of refreshing through Adam.

Mark 2:27 reminds us that He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” It is like an oasis in the desert. Most Messianics meet on Shabbat, but others still meet on Sunday.

The “Christian faith” began as the “Jewish faith,” and believers met in synagogues until they were forced out. Once they were expelled from Jewish places of worship, they continued keeping the synagogue practices.

As churches have tried to separate Christians from their Jewish brethren, the Jewish practices gradually gave way to “Hellenized” (to make Greek or Hellenistic in form or culture) practices that still have their roots in the ancient customs but deny the origins of these very customs.

Western vs. Hebraic thought

Messianic believers are trying to return to the way the first century Jewish followers heard and understood the Scriptures. The difference between ancient Hebraic understanding and Western understanding can be summarized in three points.


1. Western thinking and mindset since the third century is an abstract view of the Scriptures. The Hebraic thought is concrete, focusing on that which is experienced through the senses.


2. Yeshua and His disciples lived in the Second Temple period and it is there that the teachings are contextualized. To try interpreting them through Western thought is to lose the depth of understanding we can glean from studying contemporary Jewish and rabbinic literature. Much of that was written 200 years before Yeshua was born.


3.The Tanakh (Old Testament) and the Torah (teachings and instructions) should not be taught in isolation from the Brit Chadashah (New Testament). They are one continuous book meant to be read in continuation.

the Abrahamic Covenant

Abraham was made a partner in the blood covenant with G-d which came before the law given to Moses 430 years later. This Abrahamic Covenant is still in effect today. G-d promised through this covenant to:

1. Make a great nation of Abraham

2.Give the Promised Land (Israel) to Abraham’s descendants

3. Bless those who bless Israel

4. Give circumcision as a sign of this blessing.

circumcision


Gentiles (non-Jews) are not required to circumcise their sons, but most Jewish and many Gentile believers do so. Colossians 2:11 states (NLT): When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. Circumcision of the flesh is the Jewish tradition, while spiritual circumcision is the Gentile custom. As the Abrahamic Covenant is still in effect, circumcision is an important sign that sons belong to the nation of Israel. However, circumcision has no bearing on salvation for Jews or for Gentiles.

torah

Torah. Often misnamed “the books of the law,” Torah in Hebrew actually means “instruction and teachings.” It does, however, codify the requirements of the Law given at Mt. Sinai.

the feasts of adonai

HaShem’s appointed times. The following chart will convey the times appointed (מואדים- moedim) for Adonai’s feasts.


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