Why are we here and where are we going?
-document this Messianic Believer’s journey
-encourage other Messianic Believers
-solicit dialogue from other Messianic Believers
-start a Messianic community that is internet-based
-create support systems whereby other Messianics can tap when in need
-share the latest messianic news and teachings
-create a Messianic podcast network–if you are so led to start a Messianic podcast, contact me and let’s network
-create a Messianic fellowship here in Southern California–if you are in the Orange County, Riverside County, or San Diego area, let’s fellowship
Qumran Family Church’s Statement of Belief: if it is in the Bible we believe it. We are Torah-life believers. No denominational assertiveness here. No Judaism. Pure truth without spin. Contending for the One True Faith once delivered to the First Century Saints by Jesus Christ (a.k.a. Yeshua Hamaschiach).
I experienced two “itsnotasyouperceive” moments this past weekend that I wish to share with you:
1. While studying 2 Timothy, I came across this well-known passage in the King James Version:
KJV 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2Ti 2:15 KJV)
I’ve learned that accurate and fulfilling study of the Bible must include context and understanding of the background associated with the passage of interest. In this case I learned that the Apostle Paul was writing to his young disciple and evangelist Timothy. Contrary to popular belief, Paul’s letter to Timothy was a personal letter written to Timothy and not to us. We are just privileged to have a copy of the letter for reference and encouragement and spiritual edification. Otherwise, it gives us a hint into what was going on in this young man’s life. Timothy was battling many problems including Judaizing and Gnosticism, two great adversaries against the true message of Messiah.
Paul saw in Timothy the makings of a great disciple and evangelist although he sensed some timidity in Timothy’s inherent constitution which he provides strong encouragement
Timothy came with fantastic credentials that would make for a great leader in the early Church: Timothy’s mother was Jewish and his father was Greek. He had knowledge of both worlds and would make a worthy evangelist. However, this letter appears to indicate that Timothy was somewhat meek and lacking in power and authority. Paul aimed to fix that situation and get Timothy on the proper road and equip him to battle against Gnosticism and Judaism (not the proper Hebraic Roots of the Faith). The tone of the letter is that of a Father to His Son, knowing that his son will have a hard road to haul.
The Greek manuscript wording for “study” in this particular verse in the King James Version is actually “spoo-dad-zo”, which is defined as “to use speed, i.e., to make effort, be prompt or earnest.” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance) Thus the traditional rendering of actively delving into the Word of God is not an accurate interpretation of this key verse of New Testament Scripture. If one takes into consideration the context, a better interpretative rendering of this verse may be found in the Darby Bible, 1890, translation of the Bible:
DBY 2 Timothy 2:15 Strive diligently to present thyself approved to God, a workman that has not to be ashamed, cutting in a straight line the word of truth. (2Ti 2:15 DBY)
For this Messianic, my take away from this renewed rendering of this passage is that my purpose must always be to diligently present myself in every aspect of life and be the disciple that is not ashamed of my calling. I find this quite exhilarating indeed.
2. The significance of Hanukkah to the messianic believer. According to a great teaching by Michael Rood and his “The Chronological Gospels–The Life and Seventy Week Ministry of the Messiah,” our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (a.k.a. Yeshua Hamaschiach) actually observed Hanukkah or The Feast of Dedication or The Feast of Lights. The myth that Judaism adopted in its celebration of Hanukkah tells of those who were dedicating the temple having only one-days fill of oil to keep the temple light burning, but through a miracle the light burnt for eight-days. Rood rules this story to be nothing more than a rabbinic myth. The truth is that the Macabees salvaged the temple from the Greeks desecration and over an eight-day period rededicated the temple back to its original sanctity and purpose. The Master’s appearance in Jerusalem for Hanukkah is believed to have occurred on December 13, 27 C.E. If indeed there is a modicum of proof that Jesus observed Hanukkah, then it would behoove this Messianic to follow suit and observe this most auspicious holiday, although it is not one of the Torah-mandated Holy Days found in Leviticus 23.
More to come on these perception moments.
Intro-Music: Dan-O Music–Helium Hues
Reference: King James Version of the Bible with Strong’s annotations; Darby Bible of 1890; The Chronological Gospels by Michael Rood; arthurbaileyministries.com/tv; aroodawakening.tv; messianic.tv