Finding Messiah in the Hebrew Scriptures and Why it Matters

Portion of a photographic reproduction of the ...
Portion of a photographic reproduction of the Great Isaiah Scroll. This picture shows all of Isaiah 53 (and is mostly identical to the Masoretic version). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regardless of what may be purported by modern scholarship, the Tanach (Hebrew Scriptures) is rife with details and prophecies regarding the Messiah, the one sent by HaShem to atone for the sin of mankind. I recently wrote a paper highlighting passages in the Hebrew Scriptures pointing toward this Anointed One and how Yeshua of Nazareth is the only person who meets all of the Scripture’s criteria.

My prayer is that this evidence (which is in no way exhaustive) will help to solidify the faith of those who read it. Enjoy and share.

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Netilat Yadayim – Washing of Hands

Symbols from the Temple

Copper Laver - templeinstitute.org
Copper Laver – templeinstitute.org

The Mishkan and later the Temple in Jerusalem served as much more than simply the place to perform sacrifices. Each element and object was given with specific size, shape, color, material, number, and utility in order to remind a worshipper of some attribute of HaShem or some other spiritual truth. It was a 3-D, hands-on, full-body Bible study.

When the Temple was destroyed, many elements of the Temple process and experience were replaced with rituals to be performed either in one’s home or in the synagogue to remind the worshipper of the same things that the Temple elements did. Continue reading Netilat Yadayim – Washing of Hands

Yeshua IS the Torah (Parashot Nitzavim-Vayeilech)

Torah crown
Torah crown (Photo credit: Center for Jewish History, NYC)

Nitzavim
Dt 29:9-30:20
Is 61:10-63:9
Jn 15:1-11

Vayeilech
Dt 31:1-31:30
Is 55:6-56:8
Rom 10:1-17

 

Some of the last part of the message that Moshe had for the people of Israel prior to his passing and their entrance into the Promised Land: Continue reading Yeshua IS the Torah (Parashot Nitzavim-Vayeilech)

Psalm 27 and Elul

Shofar (by Alphonse Lévy) Caption says: "...
Shofar (by Alphonse Lévy) Caption says: “To a good year” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The month of Elul, spiritually and liturgically speaking, is all about preparation for Tishrei and the autumn Holy Days. That might seem unfortunate for Elul as its main identity lies in the events of another month but as we who are pursuing a Torah lifestyle can attest, preparation is important and meaningful. Continue reading Psalm 27 and Elul

When You Ask For A King (Parashat Shoftim)

Question Mark Graffiti
Question Mark Graffiti (Photo credit: Bilal Kamoon) (Shoftim)

Shoftim (Judges)
Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
Isaiah 51:12-52:12
Matthew 3:1-17

We as humans sometimes overstep our bounds when trying to understand the Creator, our Father. It’s obvious and natural for us to wonder why HaShem would make some of the decisions that He has made, why He would choose to communicate certain truths in the manner that He has. Continue reading When You Ask For A King (Parashat Shoftim)

That It May Go Well With You (Parashat Re’eh)

Re’eh (Behold/See to It)

Large olive tree - Portugal
Large olive tree – Portugal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Torah: Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17, Numbers 28:9-15
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24
Apostolic Scriptures: John 7:37-52, 1 Peter 2:4-10

 

I’ve always been intrigued by passages in the Scriptures that contain a phrase similar to “…that it may go well with you.” To me they’ve always seemed like a set of special, secret rules to a happy and prosperous life. I’ve often wondered what the results of a survey of Torah-obedient, faithful believers versus faithfully unaffiliated people would look like. Continue reading That It May Go Well With You (Parashat Re’eh)

Listen! Obey! Remember! (Parashat Eikev)

Parashat Eikev (Because)

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look 03.04.09 [63] (Photo credit: timlewisnm)

Torah: Deut. 7:12-11:25
Haftarah: Is. 49:14-51:3
Apostolic Scriptures: Heb. 11:8-13

This parashah is littered with promises and warnings. This makes sense since we’re listening in on some of Moshe’s last words before his people. Here the grizzly, seasoned prophet implores the people of Israel to not repeat their mistakes or avert their eyes from their calling. “Listen! Obey! Remember!” These pleas come not only from Moshe’s mouth but also directly from the heart of the Creator. He desperately desires to see His “called out ones” prosper, and not only for themselves. Part of the vision is that Israel takes the life-giving standards of the newly minted (from a human perspective) Torah and shares it with any and all willing to learn. Continue reading Listen! Obey! Remember! (Parashat Eikev)

Perspective on Promises (Parashat Balak)

Parashat Balak

Torah: Numbers 22:2-25:9
Haftarah: Micah 5:6-6:8
Apostolic Scriptures: Romans 11:25-32

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donkey (Photo credit: bagsgroove)

Perspective is a funny thing. Two people can look at the same situation and based on their experiences and personalities can come to wildly different conclusions. In parashat Balak we meet Balak, the king of Moab, and get to see very plainly his reaction to the appearance of Israel on his front step. Continue reading Perspective on Promises (Parashat Balak)

Success! (Parashat Chukat)

Parashat Chukat

Success - P'tit Bazar 2007 (02)
Success – P’tit Bazar 2007 (02) (Photo credit: alter1fo)

Torah: Numbers 19:1-22:1
Haftarah: Judges 11:1-11:33
Apostolic Scriptures: John 3:10-21

There are plenty of topics that can (and should) be explored in this parashah: the red heifer, the death of Aharon, the life of Jephthah, and so on. But there is one thing in particular that struck me this week. Continue reading Success! (Parashat Chukat)

Stop Complaining (Parashat Korach)

Parashat Korach
Torah: Numbers 16:1-18:32
Haftarah: 1 Samuel 11:14-12:22
Apostolic Scriptures: Acts 5:1-11

Stop complaining.

Moshe is someone I feel for. Here is a man secretly raised apart from true family, stripped of his identity, only to have it thrown in his face later on. He goes into exile only to be confronted by HaShem who gives him the responsibility of leading his people from captivity even though up to this point he has had no affiliation with said people. He returns to Mitzraim only to have Pharaoh famously resist. Moshe had the devastation of the plagues on his hands. Finally, in glorious fashion, he is tasked with leading Israel out of captivity and through the sea into the wilderness on the way to a land of promise. Continue reading Stop Complaining (Parashat Korach)

When Speaking Up is a Bad Idea (Parashat Beha’alotecha)

**I am aware that this is from last week’s parashah. Is anyone else seeing time slip away far too quickly?

Slam Stewart and Major Holley's 1981 album Shu...
Slam Stewart and Major Holley’s 1981 album Shut Yo Mouth!. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Numbers 12:1-2, 9 NASB – [1] Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman); [2] and they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?” And the LORD heard it. … [9] So the anger of the LORD burned against them and He departed.

There are some people who feel they can say whatever they like, even towards HaShem. They are under the assumption that He wants them to be “real” with Him, that he already knows what they’re thinking anyway, and so they have license to speak however they desire. Miriam and Aharon are just two examples of the falsehood of this claim. Continue reading When Speaking Up is a Bad Idea (Parashat Beha’alotecha)

Stirred Up Nazirite (Parashat Nasso)

English: Samson destroys the temple
English: Samson destroys the temple (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Judges 13:25 And the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

This week’s parsha, Nasso, includes the description of the Nazirite vow in Numbers 6. Our haftarah looks at the beginning of the life of Samson, likely the most famous Nazirite in history.

The first thing mentioned about Samson’s life beyond his birth was the fact that HaShem began to “stir” him. Continue reading Stirred Up Nazirite (Parashat Nasso)

Shavuot, Ruth, and Ethnicity

Ruth in Boaz's Field
Ruth in Boaz’s Field (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This evening marks the beginning of Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks. We’ve spent the past 49 days counting from Pesach, every day remembering how HaShem delivered us from Egypt. As is custom, on Shavuot we read Meggilat Ruth, the account of Melech David’s great-grandmother and her story of miraculous provision.  Continue reading Shavuot, Ruth, and Ethnicity