"All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him." (Matthew 11:27)
"And Yeshua came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth"."(Matthew 28:18)All things and all authority have been given to the Mashiach Yeshua (Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living G-d). Not to the pope; not to the Rabbi; not to any religious institution of man here on earth! In fact, any man-made institution that challenges Mashiach's authority with it's own rules and traditions that attempt to supersede or replace what HaShem commanded through Moshe is a false prophet (Deuteronomy 13:4-5). This does not mean however that "organized religion" is always a bad thing. But spiritual leaders appointed by HaShem into leadership (pastors, husbands, fathers, rabbi's, etc.) need to be accountable, and hence in submission to, Mashiach (Luke 6:46). For this to work, a properly appointed Beit Din must be in place to help settle disputes and establish community halacha to keep everyone united and accountable to HaShem's word (Exodus 18:19-22, Deuteronomy 16:18, 17:8-13). The other essential ingredient of course is the fear of HaShem which we all know is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 9:10). But our carnal man fears being wrong more than it fears HaShem, and this is why we must work together to nurture the spiritual man who is born from the beginning to live under Mashiach's Kingship (John 3:4-8, Romans 8:5-8, Galatians 6:7-8). Indeed, as the arm of HaShem revealed (Isaiah 53:1, Ezekiel 30:33, Zechariah 14:9) Yeshua the Mashiach, the King of all Kings, is a government, not a religion,
"for a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders;" (Isaiah 9:6a)And this is not an earthly government, for His kingdom is not of this earth (John 18:36), but a heavenly one that starts from within (Luke 17:21). Those who want to receive life that is eternal must by faith submit to this perfect government after they confess Yeshua as their Master (Matthew 7:21). Submission is essential because if you are not willing to submit to HaShem through Yeshua then you are not willing to accept Him as your G-d (i.e. the ultimate authority in your life). Truly, He is the ultimate authority of heaven and earth regardless, but to receive a place in the world to come we must be humble enough to recognize His sovereignty in this life and therefore be willing to submit to Him. To do so requires one to accept His work of salvation through the Mashiach, Yeshua, and these are the key elements of the faith that saves. It is this faith that lets us enter fully into and live out our relationship with HaShem, for no one comes to the Father except through Yeshua our Mashiach (John 14:6, 1 Timothy 2:5). HE is the mediator, not a particular religion! It's not about denominations, theology, or converting people, it's about nurturing the spiritual man by building up disciples in Mashiach Yeshua. Mashiach is the source of life which allows us to love and be loved, and this is the very purpose of life since without love, all things are meaningless.
YES, thank Him and praise Him! One of the most adamant aspects of Torah is the emphasis on praise and worship of our G-d! And this I must also emphasize as much as possible because if we only study and debate theology amongst ourselves, it's no different than reading somebodies biography but never meeting them. Without that spiritual connection and relationship with our Heavenly Father, all other things are but vanity. Therefore, before continuing on this website and reading my articles or reviews, please take some time to worship and pray to our Father in Heaven. The following page is a collection of some of my favorite prayers, liturgy and praise music. It is always being updated as I have time, but it includes all manner of encouraging and uplifting things that should help you in connecting with our G-d through praise, prayer and worship. May you experience His awesome presence, b'shem Yeshua Mashiach.
Praise - Prayer - Worship
One purpose of this website is to provide some alternative insights to the Malchut Shamayim (Kingdom of Heaven). I fully admit that like all of us, I am continually growing and learning myself, and so you will see a definite progression in my articles. But the most important thing I can tell you is that I love HaShem and His Mashiach and thirst after truth with a heart that by His grace is progressively humbled as He answers my prayer.
I have split my articles up into three categories. The first, my "Early Articles", were written when I was fairly new to the faith and I directed these towards more of my secular friends and acquaintances who were vaguely familiar with spiritual concepts. The second section, "General Articles and Links" are things that I have written recently in comparison to my early articles, but are not written from the same distinct perspective as the third category. This third category, "New Ministering Articles", are Spirit inspired, life giving messages that were put on my heart to share as a means of ministering to others. These articles are not there for the sake of debating any theological hot topic, but rather, are purely for edification within the Body. Unlike the "Hebraic Roots Rantings" linked below, these messages are reflective of the theology and atmosphere of my community of faith.
Before reading my thoughts, explorations and ministering articles, I should emphasize that they should do nothing more than point you to HaShem and His Mashiach as revealed through the Scriptures. Whether that leads you to agreeing or disagreeing with me is going to be up to you and your personal studies and prayer. I certainly don't feel that my writings should establish anyone's beliefs or the way they walk in Mashiach, and it's for this reason that I will not post my own established "Statement of Faith". The Scriptures say what the Scriptures say. I encourage everyone to study them, pray, and listen to the Ruach (Spirit) of HaShem. The Kingdom of Heaven is like the mind of a child: simple, innocent, and beautiful. Without this simple foundation of love and truth, all theology is meaningless. Indeed, all my articles and studies would be meaningless if they did not have the goal of learning about and drawing closer to Him. And I pray that each of you would go out and touch the lives of others with the love of Mashiach, giving charity, helping those who are helpless, and spreading joy to everyone in your day to day work. If we do not live like this, then all of our studying is going to do nothing more than make us theologically over weight.
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What Really Matters
Answering the Secular World: The Dilemma of Nice Guys
More Than Meets the Eye
Why I say HaShem: Putting the Divine Name into Perspective
Who is the Mashiach Yeshua?
You're the half of my whole, no mistaking it!
Reflections on Tisha B'Av
Tabernacle with the Light
A Faith Like Abrahams
The Purpose of Torah
The Dividing Wall of Ephesians 2:14
Under the Law
Walk in Newness of the Spirit and not Oldness of the Letter
Shevet Achim gam Yachad
The Mark of HaShem
HaDerech means "The Way" and refers to how Believers in the first century referred to themselves before adopting the Nazarene (Netzarim) label. Below are links to reliable, scholarly groups and individuals that tend not to associate themselves with the Netzarim label and do not necessarily carry the same theological beliefs as those who lay claim to it's name today. However, the belief structure is close in many ways but unlike the Netzarim groups you see on the internet, you won't find any pseudo-scholar material worked within, making it much easier to glean from their teachings. There also tends to be a much more Judaic approach and foundation which seeks to hold the Word in an even higher esteem than many of the Netzarim groups which grew out of Christian backgrounds. Indeed, this is a foundation where men do not chase after vain theologies but rather seek to edify the Body with life giving messages. So it is for these reasons that I highly recommend the following websites and endorse much of what they have to share.
Kehillat Beit Hallel Torah Resource Blog
Kehillat Beit Mashiach
The Jerusalem Council
Kehillat Melech Yisrael
The Jewish Carpenter 613
Tim Hegg - Torah Resource
Yoseph Viel - Messiah Alive
Andrew Ketel - Gesher Ministries
Too often within the Hebraic roots movement (at least on the internet) there is too much focus on justifying that one should keep Torah without actually studying it and walking it out. But when you study the Torah the Torah really justifies itself and will help you to bear fruit rather than sow division as your debate turns into a heated argument. Below are some excellent resources to explore the weekly Torah readings and grasp the wisdom which HaShem would like to see in our lives as we bear fruit for His Kingdom. I encourage everyone to get in the habit of studying it every Erev Shabbat. Invite your friends over for the Shabbat seder and have them stay for the study. With HaShem's help and by using the resources below you should be able to show them the beauty of the Torah and create a much more fruitful atmosphere for sharing it with them.
Torah Resource Parashot
Men of Torah Discussions
Torah - Netzari Faith Blog
Yoseph Veil's Torah Study
Mountain Lake College Parashot
First Fruits Of Zion Weekly eDrash
Rabbi Machlis - Midrash on the Torah Portion
David ben Gavriel's Exploration of the Weekly Parasha
These links are to websites which may be of interest to all those exploring the roots of our faith. In particular, for those studying the Scripture and it's historical roots and context, it is absolutely crucial that we study the Biblical languages and culture, as well as the different manuscripts available to us. Specifically, I have found the Aramaic to be highly under studied here in the west. At the same time it has also been highly misrepresented by fringe movements within Messianic or Nazarene Judaism through the publication of pseudo-versions of the Scriptures. The following websites however are ones that I hope will be edifying to those scholars and historians out there who have a keen interest in these topics and wish to study them sincerely.
Old Syriac Gospels
Digital Dead Sea Scrolls
Hebrew Aramaic Peshitta
Resources - Syriac Books
Light of the Word Ministry
Dukhrana Biblical Research
The Aramaic New Testament
Biblical Hebrew Study Resources
Aramaic Peshitta Bible Repository
Aramaic Peshitta Interlinear and Dictionary
Samaritan Pentateuch Translation and Masoretic Interlinear
Janet Magiera's Messianic Aramaic Eastern Peshitta New Testament
Most Common Biblical Hebrew Words in Alephbetical Order
Most Common Biblical Hebrew Words in General Frequency Order