Category Archives: Should Christians Keep the Torah?

Rabbi Kisses Jacob’s Sheep

Whew!!! This report and photo from Breaking Israel News takes my breath away!  This dear rabbi’s action is prophetic of brother Judah welcoming home the lost tribes of Israel,  the Northern Kingdom, “the House of Israel”, a.k.a. Ephraim, which was taken into captivity around 720 BCE by the mighty war machine of Assyria. Continue reading Rabbi Kisses Jacob’s Sheep

Noach 5777

Torah Portion:  Genesis 6:911:32

Haftarah Portion:  Isaiah 54:155:5

New Testament Portion:  Luke 17:26-27, Hebrews 11:5-7, 1Peter 3:20, 2Peter 2:5, 3:9-14

This week as I pondered the assigned Scripture and Ray Gardner’s rich and detailed  study notes , a few thoughts came to mind.

“Noah walked with God.” This phrase is used only for one other person in Scripture–Noah’s great-grandfather Enoch, the one who lived 365 years “and he was not, for God took him.” (Gen. 5:24)  Scripture emphasizes Enoch’s righteousness by TWICE stating “Enoch walked with God.” [Gen. 5:22,24). The name Enoch means “dedicated, initiated, trained.”  In Hebrew, to “walk” [halak הלך Strong’s H1980]  means much more than to put one foot in front of the other and shuffle along. Rather, it is a euphemism for a manner of thought and, therefore, a manner of life. It is a life view or paradigm and, also, hints at one’s ability to influence. Continue reading Noach 5777

Biblical Prescription for Repentance

National Day of Repentance

On this National Day of Repentance, perhaps we should take time to read Abba’s prescription for repentance, recorded in the 26th chapter of Leviticus. This biblical mandate was followed by Solomon (1 Kings 8, 2 Chron. 7), Daniel (chapter 9), and Nehemiah (chapter 9). Have we wrongly believed that the repentance preached by John the Baptist and Yeshua, as well as His disciples, was of another brand?  Continue reading Biblical Prescription for Repentance

Just call me a Hebrew

Last weekend, while the presidential candidates wrestled, while the current administration pursued its unholy agenda of forming a Palestinian state, while the Supreme Court of the United States argued over the Texas abortion case, a birth took place in Tampa. The northern kingdom of the House of Israel, a.k.a. Ephraim, as the prophets frequently refer to it, has been officially resurrected with the signing of the articles of the Declaration of Dependence and the inauguration of the executive council and the committee of elders.

Many of us who have been walking as Abraham walked by pursuing obedience to God’s instructions, following the example of our Messiah, have come to the understanding that we are born again Hebrews. We, like Abraham who literally crossed the Euphrates to obey God’s call to leave Babylon, have also crossed over into a whole new lifestyle, purpose, and calling. In the process of coming out of Egypt and Babylon, we have struggled to identify ourselves and to explain to others why we do what we do.

For me it became crystal clear on the Fourth of July 2008, the day my granddaughter, Lily Catherine, was born. On that warm morning, sitting on the cabana in the foothills of North Carolina, waiting for news from my son, the flag pole which hosted both the American and the Israeli flags, drew my attention. The pleasant breeze had given way to a brisk wind, yet, incredibly, the American flag hung limply while the Israel flag waved proudly. It was an astounding picture and I knew Abba was informing me that while America is my home, I am a citizen of Israel. Not, mind you, a citizen of the modern, postage-stamp sized nation; but, a citizen of the commonwealth of Israel, whose destiny is to return to the land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This past weekend, it was made official. The northern kingdom has been resurrected. We can now declare that we are non-Jewish Hebrews.

Al McCarn, author of Give Me a Place Where I May Dwell, and co-host of Remnant Road, which can be heard live on Monday mornings at 11 EST and on podcasts on Hebrew Nation Radio, took his place as executive director of Bney Yosef North America. The following are his opening remarks to the some 200 delegates who attended last weekend’s momentous event.  Continue reading Just call me a Hebrew