Izzy here. Have you seen the Passing Phrase website? It has oodles of flavourful Hebrew phrases! See it for yourself here!
Jules is a member of the Holy Language tribe, following Yeshua and learning Hebrew! Here's her story.
I grew up in Southern Baptist churches with Protestant views most of my life. As an adult, it didn't take long to stray from my knowledge of God as I had never made any real connection to Him. It took my world crashing down around me almost two years ago to realize I was desperately in need of a Savior. I've grown a lot in these last several months and have turned my life over to God/Jesus - the Almighty One. I began attending a wonderful non-denominational church that is respectful of Jewish roots without fully centering around it. One particular family at this church was very centered on Jewish roots and got me thinking a lot about about the Bible and how it still fully, 100% applies today. Just watching how they lived and reached so many people was a powerful testimony.
As I try to learn more on my own, sometimes it feels like a puzzle box has been handed to me and all the pieces are dumped and scattered on the floor. I still feel like I can't fully grasp who God is. For the longest time, I felt like the God of the Old Testament was so different from God/Jesus of the New Testament. When I finally started reading the whole book, I saw all the times He forgave and wanted His people to just return to him in the Old Testament. I had always thought that God of the Old Testament was such a punishing God while God of the New Testament was so forgiving. Reading the Bible with a new heart and opened eyes brought so many revelations.
In the middle of this new journey, I've encountered pressure from a few other religions that say they've re-established order in the Bible, but now I'm seeing that order never really left and we just went our own way ourselves. I have a new perspective that the whole Bible really is living and active, without error. There are many false things that resemble the truth.
I am so excited to begin learning Hebrew. I just really want to be able to read the Bible more clearly and know exactly what it says. I want to know what I've allowed to consume my life. I want to know more about who God is, what He's commanded and what his plan is for me and others. There are some incredibly difficult topics that society wants to glaze over as a whole. I've had many different people preaching different meanings to words in the Bible to try and prove that God really meant something different to validate their personal views.
I feel like God is really drawing His people in again and uniting what was lost. I feel like going back to the root and honoring all of God's commands will strengthen and unite ties with Jew and Gentile. I am so excited to learn Hebrew with Holy Language Institute, and I look forward to another year of personal and spiritual growth as I continue to learn more about God!
You have a story too, and the tribe would love to hear it! Share here?
We're reading Exodus 38 for Hebrew Chapters this week! Did you ever wonder how that funny word Sabaoth made it into the New Testament and Martin Luther's hymn A Mighty Fortress - and what it means anyway? Why are the women who gave up their mirrors called an army? And did you know the Hebrew word for Golgotha is in this chapter? And the concrete picture for inheriting the land of Israel? Watch the trailer here http://youtu.be/w-H0p99I3ZA or at the bottom of this email, and watch the whole episode here!
meme of the week
Hats off to Joanna Lansford for this meme! Make your own Hebrew meme here or here and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll share yours too! :D
In Messiah's love,
Executive Director, Holy Language Institute
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