Right Past the Cross

crosstwilightA common problem with Messianic Judaism/Hebrew roots congregation is that too many people never seem to make a real commitment to follow Messiah. These are people who have left inherited church, looking for more truth, only to walk right by the cross and straight into pagan Judaism.  What good is that?  They may have had some vague notion of having passed a great light on their way, but they did not stop to consider it.  To leave xmas, easter, the saints, and Mary only to end up counting the letters of the Torah and vainly separating your meat from your milk, is no good.  Likewise, what of those who would leave pagan Judaism searching to fill the gaping hole in their soul only to pass by the cross on their way to a corrupted church?  Once again they have a glimpse or sense of that bright light along the way but it is quickly blighted by the senseless and needless ritual of the compromised inherited church; intent on manifestations and feelings rather than study and faithfulness to God’s Word.

Stop! And stay at the cross!  At the cross you will realize, like all those who made it there before you that, Ya!  You are wicked and evil and if you were the last person on earth you would have driven those nails in all by yourself.

We are all wicked and evil, our hope is not in traditions of the church OR Judaism, our only hope is in that one blood sacrifice made at the cross. Stay with the greatest Rabbi of all, the Messiah, the one who was willing to give His life for you.  He said to take up your cross and follow him! Not Akiva! Not the pope! Not Luther or Calvin.  Follow Jesus/Yeshua/ Messiah!

How does one follow the Messiah?  By doing what He said.

“ While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him” Matt. 12:46

“But he replied to the man who told him,  “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said,  “Here are my mother and my brothers!  For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.” Matt. 12:48-50

Only the faithful, in both the Law and Jesus, are mentioned in The Revelation.

“Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.” Rev. 12:17

And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,  “Great and wonderful are thy deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are thy ways, O King of the ages! Rev. 15:3

Do you know the song of Moses?  Do you know the song of the Lamb?  If you are only singing one, you need to learn the other.  And if you belong to a group that only sings one or the other you need to “come out” of that place and find one that teaches both, properly!

For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matt. 7:14

When we cam out of the inherited church the one thing we did not like about most Messianic/Hebrew Roots congregations was that our children were not getting enough Jesus/Yeshua. We have created our own three year reading schedule, where we have included The Gospels and Acts. You can down load it here or make your own.

They stood beneath the mountain Exodus 19-24

mount sinaiAfter the children of Israel left Egypt they came to Mt Sinai on the Arabian Peninsula, now call  by the Arabic name Jebel el Lawz.

Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God; and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain. Ex. 19:17

FYI: No, Mt Sinai is not on the Sinai Peninsula as your Bible atlas shows. That is and was Egypt and they had left Egypt, so they had to be in Arabia. As Paul said.

 Once the children of Israel left Egypt they came to Mt Sinai in Arabia to meet their God. [Gal. 4:25 ]

18 Now when all the people perceived the thunderings and the lightnings and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled; and they stood afar off,  19 and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will hear; but let not God speak to us, lest we die.” And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to prove you, and that the fear of him may be before your eyes, that you may not sin.” Ex. 20:18-20 Continue reading