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My Hebrew Roots Journal – Backwards

One of the most frequent criticisms I hear concerning The Hebrew Roots Movement is HebrewRootsthat it’s adherents interpret the Bible backward. The argument goes something like this: They start in the Old Testament, in The Law and The Prophets, and let those writings then influence their understanding of the New Testament.

And as far as the argument goes, I would agree with it one hundred percent. That is exactly what Hebrew Roots adherents do.

However, those who make such arguments are the ones that have things backward.

They come to the Bible with a completely western mindset and read the New Testament with no regard at all for what the Old Testament says. They take certain key phrases like, “we are no longer under the law, but under grace”, and spin doctrines that fit their mindset and way of thinking, but these same doctrines do violence to the whole Word of God.

The basis for many of these doctrines that sound nice but do not fit the Bible has their roots in the writings of Paul. But what they fail to understand is that Paul did not share our western mindset, but rather was a Hebrew, a Pharisee, steeped in The Torah and The Prophets, and his doctrines relied completely on his worldview which was decidedly Middle-Eastern. Then people try to understand Paul from their western mindset and context without even learning what Paul was referring to in most cases.

News flash, when Paul was writing there was no New Testament, every proof text used by Paul was directly out of the Old Testament, which, since we are no longer under the law but under grace, most modern thinkers don’t spend much time there.

Perhaps if we are to understand a Middle-Eastern writer such as Paul or any of the New Testament writers, partially accepting Luke, we should spend some time learning what they knew without even thinking about it.

In other words, until we understand their worldview, their context, we will never fully understand what they are trying to teach, often with disastrous results.


August 9, 2018 Posted by | Hebrew Roots, Revival, Scripture | , , | Leave a comment

My Hebrew Roots Journal – Dispensationalism

I have been to several churches during my Christian walk and every last one of imagesthem taught dispensationalism. It is only since I began to explore Hebrew Roots that I have seen this doctrine challenged.

I know, there are a lot of learned teachers that expound this doctrine, but after some study on my own, I can no longer believe it.

One of the tenets of dispensationalism is that The Lord deals with Jewish believers and Christians differently and that at the end of the Church Age or dispensation, the Church will be raptured (before the tribulation) and then God will deal with the nation of Israel during the tribulation. But after looking into Ephesians 2 fairly deeply, I can see that this tenet of dispensationalism does not fit does not fit with what the Bible says and must be discarded. And if one of the tenets is proven false, then the entire doctrine cannot be trusted.

So, what does the Bible say about Israel and The Church?

‘Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; ‘

Ephesians 2:11

There are two groups here, first, the Uncircumcision (Gentiles) and they were called that by the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands, Israel.

‘That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: ‘

Ephesians 2:12

In the past, Gentiles were separate from the covenants of promise, given to Israel by the Lord in The Torah.

‘But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; ‘

Ephesians 2:13-15

So, in His flesh, Jesus Christ abolished the enmity and made in Himself of twain ( Israel and The Church) one new man. So then, if there is only “one new man” how can that “man” be both raptured and left behind to face the tribulation? This makes no sense at all!

I have read this passage probably a dozen times or more but always read it only at a surface level because it did not seem to make sense. It only made sense when I cast of the preconceived idea that dispensationalism must be true.

But now that I have begun to read the Bible and let it be the authority and the and the lens by which I examine the accepted doctrines on men, once difficult passages of the Bible are making a lot more sense.

July 21, 2018 Posted by | Discipleship, Dispensatioinalism, Hebrew Roots | , , | Leave a comment

My Hebrew Roots Journal – The Sabbath

There are lots of teachings from Hebrew Roots sources explaining why The Sabbath is TheSabbathfor Christians today and I find myself agreeing with those teachings.  But here is one I believe they may have missed.

The Lord created everything in six days.  This is recorded in Genesis, chapter one. And then, at the start of chapter two we read:

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:1-3‬ ‭KJV‬‬

So, as I see it, the idea of a day of rest is not just part of Jewish ceremonial law, and it is not just part of the moral law,, see the fourth commandment, the idea of a day of rest is literally woven into the fabric of creation.

I believe this is further exemplified by what the Lord commanded in Leviticus 25:

“Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the Lord. Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the Lord: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.”
‭‭Leviticus‬ ‭25:2-4‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Not only was Israel commanded to keep a Sabbath every week, but to give the land a Sabbath rest every seven years.  And the Lord took this very seriously as He warns of the consequences of disobeying:

‘And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste. Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies’ land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths. As long as it lieth desolate it shall rest; because it did not rest in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it. ‘

Leviticus 26:33-35

Does not the Lord seem to say that the land needed its rest?  It seems to me this was more than just a custom that He wanted to impress on His people, but something deeper, that is, Sabbath, or rest, is built into the very fabric of creation.

Therefore, the Sabbath is not just for Jews, and not just for Jews and Christians, but for all people, whether people of faith or not.

July 21, 2018 Posted by | Hebrew Roots, Worship | , , | Leave a comment

I’m Tearing Two Pages Out Of My Bible

This one:




And this one.



It is one book, one Word of God, not two, and it doesn’t need any artificial separations to confuse matters.

July 12, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My Hebrew Roots Journal – Being a Berean

As I have started learning about Hebrew Roots, what it is and what it teaches, I have TheBereanswatched a lot of videos on YouTube. In the beginning, I was little more than binge-watching, drinking in all that I could of a refreshing view of Biblical truth. But, as I soon discovered, all was not well. Not all YouTube sources are reliable or trustworthy. Let me give an example.

One video I watched wanted to prioritize Biblical teachings, The words of God first, then the words of Jesus, then the apostles, and finally the words of the disciples. But then it went on to say that if any of those sources was in conflict with a source that had a higher priority, then that teaching had to be set aside. So, if a teaching of Paul conflicted with a teaching from the Old Testament, then the teaching of Paul has to be rejected.

But this is a HUGE problem in that it completely subverts the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy. It supposes that Man has a perfect understanding of the scriptures and that if two passages seem to conflict, then it must be the Bible that is in error rather than the understanding of the reader. The arrogance of that attitude is colossal and incredibly dangerous. This is heresy just waiting to happen.

No, either the Bible or to be more precise, the original manuscripts from which our Bible derives, are inerrant or the Bible cannot be trusted in anything that it teaches.

That error was easy to spot. No Berean style investigation was even necessary. But what about videos or sites where the error is more subtle?

And then I realized, this is why I need to test every teaching, look up their scripture references and make sure they are being used correctly. View the references in context, and see if the offered interpretation stands up in context. And then, look up similar verses and verify that the offered teaching does not conflict with those verses, in context, either.

This, of course, has slowed my watching considerably but at the same time, it has increased my level of conviction (of the truth) considerably as well.

July 12, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My Hebrew Roots Journal – Baby Steps

For a while, not much changed. I continued with my daily readings baby-stepsfrom The Old and New Testaments and prayer with the one addition that I would now daily remember His calling and make myself available for whatever He would have me do.

This went on for a few weeks. I knew to just wait, that the Lord would speak again when His time was right.

One day, as I was watching a few Christian based YooTube videos from my favorite pastors, a recommendation for a video came up that attracted my attention. It was from a channel I had never heard of before, “James and Lea D Philia Ministries”. (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQRFecY0YwbXCFtTwNddXcw) So I clicked on the video and watched. I don’t remember the topic now, but I was definitely attracted by the subject matter. There are things in my experience with the institutional church that just leave me feeling empty at times, and I felt that this video helped to fill that emptiness. So I watched more. And over the next few days, a lot more.

I didn’t even know that this was a Hebrew Roots channel, I just knew they were saying a lot of things I needed to hear.

Now, I have had some contact in the past with Hebrew Roots people, and I always came away with a bad taste in my mouth, but these people were not like that at all. By this time I knew that James and Lea were Hebrew Roots, and I became very skeptical because of my past dealings with this crowd.

But James and Lea are always encouraging their listeners not to take their word for anything but to check everything they said in the scripture. And that is just what I have been doing.

July 10, 2018 Posted by | Discipleship, Follow Jesus, Hebrew Roots | , , | Leave a comment

My Hebrew Roots Journal – Beginnings

On May 4th of this year (2018) I had just begun reading the Gospel of John HebrewRootsfor perhaps the umpteenth time.  I have followed the Lord for over 38 years and I am very familiar with this Gospel account but this time was different.  I had no indication of anything about to happen until I came to chapter 1, verse 39:

“The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.”

It wasn’t as if I heard a voice exactly, but I knew in my heart that Jesus had directed those words directly at me.

“Follow Me”

I immediately stopped reading and knew beyond doubt that the Lord had just called me to follow Him.  I bowed my head and said out loud, “Yes Lord, what will you have me do?

Even though I did not know it at the time, that is how I started my journey to discover my Hebrew roots.

Note:  The events recorded here took place on May 9.  It is now July 10, so obviously, this took place two months in the past.  The first few entries of this journal will be catching up to the present, but I will make it known when my journal is up to date.

July 10, 2018 Posted by | Discipleship, Follow Jesus, Hebrew Roots | , , | Leave a comment

God’s Overwhelming Victory

I recently meditated on Psalm 18 and was shown how God’s victory completely overwhelms our foes.

Through much prayer and help from the Lord, I recently overcame a long-standing besetting sin.  A few days ago I meditated on Psalm 18 and was completely shocked and overjoyed to find how completely God helps us to overcome our enemies.

(All Bible quotes are taken from the King James Version)

Psalm 18 is a Psalm of David.  At the beginning of the Psalm David praises the Lord as…

“my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower”  v.2

Then David introduces the enemy.

” I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.  The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.  The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.”  vv.3-5

Later in the Psalm David says that his enemy is too strong for him.  I take that to mean, left to himself, he would be continually defeated, just as I was trying to fight my sin on my own.  But when David prayed, God responded to David because He loved him, just as He now loves me.

“He heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.  Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.  …  The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.  Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.”  vv.6,7 and 13,14

The Lord, Almighty God, was angry!  Not angry at David, but at David’s enemy!  God acted out of love for His servant, as the ultimate protector.  And the Lord is David’s rescuer as well.

“He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.”  v.16

And so, the Lord delivered David.

“He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.”  v.19

And now I see God as a warrior God, and how totally David is able to vanquish his enemy when god is fighting for him.

“He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.  Thou


Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.

hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.  Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.  I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.  I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.  For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.  Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.  They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the Lord, but he answered them not.  Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.”  vv.34-42

I have always known that Jesus gives victory over sin, but until I read this I always had a slight fear that the sin could rise up again and put me right back where I started.  Now I understand the extent of the power I am given over my old sins.

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”  Jn 8:36

And Hallelujah, by the power given me by the Spirit of God, I am FREE!

June 8, 2018 Posted by | Repentance, Sanctification, Victory Over Sin | , , | Leave a comment


I was born in 1953.  I was born again in 1980.  I am now 65 years old and have been a believer for 38 years, for nearly two-thirds of my life.

I have been a steady reader of the Bible ever since I first believed and have read the Gospel of John literally dozens of times.

A few days ago I began reading John again and in the very first chapter, I had a mostJohn1_43 remarkable experience.  As I read John 1:43 it was as if the text changed as I read it and the end of the verse actually read, “John, follow me”.  Now, I have read this passage many times as well as the ones about taking up one’s cross and following Jesus, but this was a truly unique experience.  As soon as I read it, I knew that God was speaking to me, and I knew that this was not an invitation or a suggestion, but a command.

Follow Me.

I don’t know what this all means, and I don’t know where it will lead.  But I do know one thing.  It is time to stop doing things that I think will make God happy and start doing what He said.  Follow.

May 11, 2018 Posted by | Christian, Follow Jesus, Jesus | , , | Leave a comment

Getting Back To Basics

And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.  —  Deuteronomy 8:3 (KJV)


And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  —  Luke 9:23 (KJV)


I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  —  Romans 12:1 (KJV)


In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.  Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.  And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.  And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.  Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.  Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar   And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.  Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.  —  Isaiah 6:1-8 KJV)


These are a few of the verses or passages  I have read recently that convince me that I need to get back to basics.

Have you ever found yourself doing so much for The Lord that your relationship with Him suffers?  Like, your time is so full of godly activities that you miss God in all the hustle and bustle?

That is where I am finding myself now.  I should have seen the warnings, like picking up new activities without really being sure that the activities are really God ordained, or did I just decide to do them because I thought God would be impressed with my faithfulness.

I need to stop listening to the flesh, stop doing things for God that He may be impressed with my faithfulness, and begin again to make myself available to God, so that He can lead me in what He wants me doing.

Am I the only one?  Do others feel this as well?

July 14, 2016 Posted by | Follow Jesus, Godliness, Repentance | , , | 1 Comment