Shalom from Jerusalem
Shalom from Jerusalem. My name is Aaron and I am the Deacon of Christ Church in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is an interesting city, often described as the centre of the Universe. Its history, archaeology, and spirituality attract people from all traditions. It is often said that the world comes to Jerusalem, yet it is God who declares the Word from Zion.
Why is studying our Hebraic roots important?
I have lived the past 17 years in Jerusalem. I have watched much of the world come to Jerusalem. I studied at Hebrew University, continued to study with Rabbis post-grad and have become somewhat of a teacher of the Hebraic Roots of the Christian Faith.
I have travelled internationally and taught, constantly being asked by my fellow Christians, "This is very interesting, how do I learn Hebraic Roots? Have I written a book? Where can I get more information?"
The importance of the CMJ Israel's Yeshiva articles
The articles in this Yeshiva resource endeavour to share the Hebraic Roots of our Christian Faith.
With God’s Grace, my personal journey may result in several books, online seminars and such. So let the adventure begin, starting with a question (the Hebraic mind loves questions).
It's in the asking of questions that brings to light an answer and more questions. Never ending. A famous Rabbi (Avraham Heschel) once said:
"You are closest to God when you are asking questions, then when you think you have answers."
Often, when asked a question, Jesus would respond with a question. If you think you have all the answers then pride might set in and we might begin to think we had no need of God or His Messiah.
A Question, Or Two
Question: Why are the Hebraic roots of the Christian Faith important?
Its a good question. So to answer it I will lead with another question... just following the model of the Messiah!
Question: Do you need to read the Bible to be saved? Think about it, the obvious answer is "No! You don't need to read the Bible to be saved." Well, that's me out of job then… and the rest of the bible teachers out there. Time to go fill out the unemployment form.
If you don't need to read it, why do we read it at all? Lots of other good books out there. So why read this particular one, why should we read the Bible?
Getting To Know...
In relationships we usually like to get to know the other person we have a relationship with. I am in a relationship with my God, and I would like to get to know Him better.
And to help, He has provided me with that opportunity, the Word of God. In it I find out what God likes, what He doesn't like, what ticks Him off, what makes Him happy, what He has done and what He is going to do.
My relationship is deepened by getting to know God better through His Word. So I read it. Do I have to? No! However, once in the relationship, it's time for maintenance and development of that relationship, and the Bible comes in very important here.
Understanding the Hebraic Roots of the Bible puts the Word of God into its context - its historical, cultural and theological context.
It takes the Word of God and goes deeper, helping us learn more about our God and Messiah, it opens up the teachings of Jesus and helps us hear what the disciples heard when He taught them.
It deepens the relationship and that's why its important!
I hope you agree?
"For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding."