I hope you guys are doing well and your weekend was relaxing. I’ve really enjoyed blogging so far. So I thought I would share what’s been going on with me.
Tuesday, November 1st, I had the honor of representing Jubilee (the congregation I belong to), myself and more importantly God. I was asked to teach and I’m going to be honest, when I first got the call I thought I was being Punk’d. I wouldn’t have thought it strange had my amazing mentor, Ms. Debbie, been requested to do the teaching…but me? I saw the text and would not click on it until I verified the sender, that’s just how shocked I was as this would be my first time teaching outside of Jubilee. As it turns out, it was official, my Apostle verified that she gave my number to our Bishop; who had been attending Jubilee’s Rosh Chodesh (beginning of the month) meetings. Apparently, she enjoyed my Hebrew Aleph bet According to the Month teachings and was hoping that I would be available…I was floored. I don’t know if I could do the feeling justice, even if I tried. I’ll try anyway…lol.
So a couple of points, that need to be made: One, two phenomenal women of God had a conversation about me; you never know how God is moving behind the scenes on your behalf. Second point, my Bishop requested me, meaning she respected the God in me enough to allow me to speak into her people’s lives. That’s a big deal! My five fold ministry gift is teaching but even as a teacher, I understand that when you are in leadership, you are responsible for the people’s destinies whom you are connected. She is responsible to make sure that no one abuses God’s people, after all, they are His children. I, as a teacher, have a responsibility to give people accurate, God-breathed information. Every point, instruction or word that comes out of my mouth or given in a handout has to be on point because it literally can direct that person’s life and God will hold me accountable for that. I don’t take that lightly. “To whom much is given, much is required.” I understand the weight of that. That brings me to my third point, my Apostle approved.This is everything to me!!! I know some people might not understand why this means so much but she IS my family! Not in the sense that she is from the same lineage but she is…the lineage of Abraham, not that we share the same blood, but we do…the blood of Yeshua, you get where I’m going with this?…she knows me; I break bread with her and her family on a consistent basis, I’m not a pew warmer or just a number on an envelope with money in it. No, she knows me, personally, not the made up version, the real me. So for her to release me…It means she has confidence in the lessons she’s sown, the experiences that I’ve lived, the God who resides on the inside of me and the woman I’ve become. My last and most important point is that God trusted me, period!
The topic that I was asked to teach is something I live on the weekly basis so it wasn’t hard and I wasn’t nervous. The topic was the Sabbath or Shabbat in Hebrew. Have you ever celebrated the Sabbath? I typically use the Sabbath documents found in the following links (Sabbath Instructions, Torah Portions-5777) as a framework for what I do.
No, I’m not converting. I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus (Yeshua) was born, lived and was sacrificed for my sins. I believe He will come back, I believe in the Original Covenant as well as the New Covenant, I believe in the Ten Commandments and I believe that Jesus was a Jew. I believe that if you want to learn about someone, you study them and their customs. You can’t say that you want to be like someone and don’t know them; I want to be like Jesus. Me studying Hebrew and the Jewish culture makes me well informed and I began to study this because I wanted to be well informed but somewhere in the journey it changed from being merely educational to changing my perspective about my own beliefs and intentions. It is the missing piece of the puzzle for me. I have a deep appreciation and love for the culture and the people and it has helped me to understand my own beliefs even the more. I respect the Jews and their commitment to our God. I believe we can all learn something from them.
I don’t see myself as a gentile, never have. The definition of a gentile is a pagan, even in my mess I’ve always believed. I believe in the Godhead. The Jewish heritage is my heritage, their God is my God. I make no apologies about that. I’ve always felt very much connected to Israel, even in High School, from reading A Diary of Anne Frank to watching Schindler’s List, I realized that I had love for them that I can’t put into words. I saw so many parallels, of their people and my people and somehow theirs became mine, at least in my heart.
Besides, I think every person that believes in the teachings of the Bible can attest that their experience of the “church” looks a lot different than what’s inside the Bible’s pages. The early church was Jewish and when the Jewishness was taken out of the church, we lost our power. I’m sure plenty of us have asked at some point, “What happened?,” I know I have and when presented with the opportunity to learn about our Jewish roots, I was excited! We soon were introduced to the Hebraic calendar and God’s divine appointments (Moadim) He set up to bless us. One of those appointments was the Sabbath.
Like most, the only time I heard about the Sabbath growing up was when someone stated “Keep the Sabbath and make it Holy,” but did they truly know how to keep it holy? I know I initially thought it was just going to church on Sundays. Clearly, I was wrong. What’s your views of the Sabbath? To celebrate or not to celebrate, that is the question?
Stay tuned for Part 2…