God is calling me to go in a slightly new direction in my faith. I am a born again follower of Jesus Christ and I believe that the Word, from Genesis to Revelations is the true Word of God. However, I have begun to study the Messianic teachings and to read a Jewish Bible, called The Complete Jewish Bible from David Stern. The process is very slow as I try to incorporate what I’m learning into my every day life.
I have also found the organization “Jews for Jesus” to be SO helpful in this new turn in my walk with the Lord. I am also reading a Tanakh, just to be sure I am studying what God truly meant. In addition, I am using a Messianic devotional journal that provides a guide to reading through the Bible in a year. It includes 3 to 4 readings each day: a Torah reading (which follows the traditional Jewish Torah passage that all/most Jews read around the world each day); the Prophets reading; the Writings reading; a New Testament reading. This has allowed me to read how the New Testament is a fulfillment of the Old Testament. It has been so amazing, because traditionally the Old Testament is sometimes considered as mostly obsolete by Christians, which is just not true. Some things changed with Christ’s resurrection, but the Old Testament is still alive, well and RELEVANT! Finally, for extra inspiration, I am using a Messianic prayer book and a Messianic daily devotional, which explains a lot of the connections between the Old and New Testaments.
Yes, I still go to my church of over 40 years on Sunday, and I still believe I am saved by grace alone. I still celebrate Christmas and Easter and Thanksgiving, etc. LOL! BUT I just want to know more about the culture my Savior was born into and lived in. Although I do plan to one day visit a Synagogue and/or a Messianic congregation from time to time.
I have found traditional English/Christian Bible translations sometimes leave out the smallest words that can change the meaning God originally had. Below is a Jewish prayer that I have just started to say in the mornings and it really encompasses my faith in the Lord and in my Savior Jesus Christ. No, I am not Hebrew Israelite or some mixed version of different religions. I am a believer and follower of Jesus Christ just looking for a purer translation and understanding of what it means to be a follower and believer of the Messiah.
It is our duty to praise the Master of all,
to acclaim the greatness of the One who forms all creation.
For God did not make us like the nations of other
lands and did not make us the same as other
families of the Earth. God did
not place us in the same situations as others, and
our destiny is not the same
as anyone else’s.
And we bend our knees, and bow down, and give
thanks, before the Ruler,
the Ruler of Rulers, the Holy One, Blessed is God.
The One who spread out the heavens, and made the
foundations of the Earth,
and whose precious dwelling is in the heavens
above, and whose powerful
Presence is in the highest heights. Adonai is our
God, there is none else.
Our God is truth, and nothing else compares. As
it is written in Your
Torah: “And you shall know today, and take to
heart, that Adonai is the only
God, in the heavens above and on Earth below.
There is no other.”
Therefore we put our hope in You, Adonai our God,
to soon see the glory of
Your strength, to remove all idols from the Earth,
and to completely cut off
all false gods; to repair the world, Your holy
empire. And for all living flesh
to call Your name, and for all the wicked of the
Earth to turn to You. May all
the world’s inhabitants recognize and know that to
You every knee must
bend and every tongue must swear loyalty. Before
You, Adonai, our God,
may all bow down, and give honor to Your precious
name, and may all take
upon themselves the yoke of Your rule. And may
You reign over them soon
and forever and always. Because all rule is Yours
alone, and You will rule
in honor forever and ever.
As it is written in Your Torah:
“Adonai will reign forever and ever.”
And it is said: “Adonai will be Ruler over the
whole Earth, and on that day,
God will be One, and God’s name will be One.