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A while back, I posted a video on You Tube about how we have been including the feasts and festivals into our homeschool life. (Scroll below to see the video).
As new covenant Believers, I’ve been putting some real thought lately into how we could celebrate both the old and the new- but rejoicing that we have the new.
It’s not been an easy task to pursue. I also realize that this journey is not for everyone.
I started my quest by looking for Christ-followers who also were interested in Hebrew roots. What I found were a wide range of Messianics, from strict Torah-observant, to charismatic Jews-turned-Christians, to Christians who were in interfaith marriages (husband or wife was Jewish, while they remained Christian.)
From these varied lifestyles I’ve found that there is no one size fits all.
I posted on this video that I am a Christ-follower; hence, a Christian. That will always remain the same. My hope and my love is for Jesus (Yeshua). The only thing slightly different than my quest than before is that I’ve come to realize the significance of God’s original laws and how beautifully they integrate into our lives as new covenant Believers.
Although I don’t wish to be bound to the law, but to the grace given freely through Christ Jesus, I do wish to understand the Hebrew perspective of God’s ordained feasts and festivals, the riches of how the past foreshadowed the future (ie.e-the tabernacle, ark of the covenant, passover, animal sacrifices all pointing toward our final covenant with God through Christ.)
In the midst of my journey I’ve come to discover a few things about this Hebrew roots quest:
It’s different, not widely accepted, and can be a knee-jerker topic. Granted, “exploring Hebrew roots” is not as taboo as it used to be, but it still is a different phenomenon for the Christian community. Many denominations who have been observing Sabbath on a different day of the week than most Christians have been scoffed over the years- and sentiments go vice versa.
From that perspective, it’s also just as usual for Christians to casually dismiss the notion of seeking information on Jewish roots as contradictory to our faith. Some may even consider it “going back under the law”.
I say, all things in moderation. As long as we understand that our faith is in Christ Jesus and we remain hidden in Him, there is nothing than can pluck us away from Him.
I think it is also important to understand that there is no salvation apart from our belief in Christ as our redemption. It is not in our works. So although we might seek to better understand our Hebrew roots, we realize that whether we wear a head covering or observe Shabbat weekly or celebrate every single feast and festival, without our final faith in Christ alone and His redemptive work on the cross, our works mean nothing.
I think if we can keep our priorities in order, we’ll be amazed at the beautiful connection we can have with our Lord God through recognizing His Old Covenant works as a part of a greater whole.
It takes effort. If you decide to pursue this aspect of your faith and want to incorporate these ideas into your homeschool, it will take some real effort on your part. You’ll need to familiarize yourself with the Word of God. That, of course, takes time and most of all – hunger. When you hunger for God’s word, you’ll make an effort to attain all the resources necessary to make it a part of your journey.
Here are a few items I can recommend.
You’ll need a good study bible
Having a bible is a must, and a given. You’ll want a bible that becomes your best friend is crucial to your success in bible studies. A few bibles I”m using right now are the ESV (English Standard Version) along with all the wonderful study notes of my Thompson’s New King James Version, plus the Complete Jewish Bible which gives my studies the Hebrew flair.
You’ll want to invest in a bible study program
I’m currently using Kay Arthur’s books. One really good one is How to Study Your Bible: Discover the Life-Changing Approach to God’s Word and another really good one is How to Study Your Bible: The Lasting Rewards of the Inductive Method.
You’ll want to check out study materials that will give you an in-depth look at the bible and how to study for yourself. I’ve also enjoyed Right Now Media which is shock full of online bible study videos.
Hebrew roots study programs (from a Judeo-Christian perspective)
If you’re just starting out (like I am) getting familiar with Hebraic roots study and want to know more about feasts and festivals, I would highly recommend Robin Sampson’s A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays.
Additionally, plenty of Messianic congregations offer their teachings via podcast in Itunes or directly on their websites.
These are just a few ideas to get your wheels turning if you’re interested in exploring Hebrew roots. The Lord made us all differently, and some people are called to explore deeper in some areas while others are called to living out their faith in a completely different way that is unique to their circumstances, background, history, and even personality. God knows and loves us all.
So, if you’re feeling called to explore Hebrew roots- then I encourage you to allow the Lord to show you what He will. And if you are not attracted to that aspect of the faith at all, then only do what the Lord has called you to and live out the life you were meant to with joy.
I hope I’ve encouraged you! Let me know your thoughts!