Izzy here. You know how sometimes we say people who are exploring the Jewish roots of Christianity are studying their "Hebrew roots"? Well guess what - I just did an intro this last week to my new Hebrew Sketches series and it was about LITERAL Hebrew roots - the three-letter root verbs that every word in Hebrew is formed from! So if you're serious about your Hebrew roots, you should be all. over. this.
The big question this talk answers is whether or not there's a problem with Bible translations. I present the evidence, and let you decide. I think you'll also get a kick out of the graphics I used. I know I did.
Watch here, and feel free to share with your friends who may be wondering if Hebrew study is worth it. (Don't, of course, share it with any other friends.)
Brad is following Yeshua in a Hebrew way! Here’s his story.
I guess my story begins around the age of 16. I was raised in the church and was very much a Sunday Christian. One Sunday, a man who stood in the office of a prophet came to church and he began speaking and he had me and some others come to the front and he laid his hands on my head and God said to me through him, "You will teach My people the difference between right and wrong and cause them to discern between the holy and the profane things.” As a 16 year old, this was a pretty cool but intimidating thing to hear.
A few years later, my parents sent me off to Texas Bible Institute, where I was supposed to be mentored and taught so that I could become this big preacher some day. Well, I graduated from their one year program and the first thing I did when I left, I ran! (Ran from God, that is)
In 1997, I joined the Air Force and began my journey away from my calling. I would still go to church but I was a back pew dweller and tried not to do too much to draw attention to myself.
If I can go back for just a second, in October of 1996, I heard a teaching at a church here in Amarillo, TX and it was on the Nation of Israel. In all of my 21 years... I had never even contemplated that Jesus was a Jew or that the Bible was a Jewish book!?!?!?!? This really had me intrigued. I began paying more attention to things that were Jewish and became fascinated with the Nation of Israel, and really fell in love with what was happening there.
In 2006, I started going to church with my wife, at the time, and our 3 kids in Dallas, TX. This particular church was a little strange because the pastor wore a prayer shawl with his nice suit and was using a lot of Hebrew words and talked about Shabbat, and held a Pesach Seder. (I really had no clue what he was talking about) That day, he told the story of the woman with the issue of blood. He told how she knew that the Son of righteousness would come with healing in His wings and when she reached out and grabbed His tzitzit, or the hem of His garment, or His "wings", she would be healed. Talk about making my head spin!!
We began observing Shabbat regularly and continued to attend the church for a little while. After marital issues, I found myself running from God again.
In 2009, my parents began telling me about this getting back to your "hebrew roots" movement. I was amazed that my dad was actually excited about something. I've never really seen him get excited about much, and he was going full blast with this. Every time I visited, we talked for hours about everything they were learning, but I just still wasn't there.
It was September of 2015 that I really started looking at my life. One day, Abba pointed out to me, that the prophecy... from 24 years ago was all about this: He was telling me that I would teach HIS people Torah!! After all, what is Torah but the instruction manual, to teach us the difference between right and wrong, holy and profane?
My mom was actually friends with Izzy on Facebook. She asked me if I had heard of him and suggested that I follow him. I began to follow and obviously saw him speaking about Holylanguage.com, and so I signed up. I am now 8 lessons in on learning the Esrim v'shtaim otiyot hayesod (22 letters of the foundation.)
What an amazing rollercoaster this has been!!! That no matter how far I strayed or how far I tried to run, He kept prodding me, gently nudging me back in the right direction and is giving me all of the right resources that I need to properly interpret Scripture and begin fulfilling His call for my life!!
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Shavua tov - have a good week!
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