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To Be A Nazarean Jew

What Shall We Do?

What Does It Mean To Be A Nazarean Jew?

By Hakham Dr. Yosef ben Haggai

 

One of the unknown correlations between the festival of Shavuot and the events that transpired in 2 Luqas (Acts) Chapter 2, is an obscure but pivotal bridge Torah passage which many seem to miss or even discount. However, in this Shiur, I shall point to the tremendous underpinnings that 2 Luqas Chapter has upon this particular Torah text, as well as being one of the main themes projected through page after page in the Nazarean Codicil. Let us for a moment systematically describe the events that lead to the account of 2 Luqas Chapter 2, the events that took place, and the outcomes of that event. In doing so, I remind all to understand that this approach is of a necessity a Judaic one, and viewed from an entirely Hebraic rabbinical perspective.

 

The reason for the event: Just before the ascension of His Majesty King Yeshua Ha-Mashiach to the Heavens (2 Luqas 1:9-11), His Majesty the Master Hakham commands his Talmidim Hakham (Rabbinical Students) to:

 

2 Luqas (Acts) 1:4-5 And being synagogued with him, he commanded them from Yerushalayim not to depart, but to await the promise of the Father, which you heard of me. For Yochanan indeed immersed you with water, but you will be immersed with the spirit of Holiness not after many days.

 

Now, if I have trained diligently and thoroughly a group of Talmidim Hakham (Rabbinical Students) and I am about to depart for a long, long time, what would be expected of me? Of course, Smikha (Rabbinical Ordination)! So from a strictly logical perspective we would expect that this immersion in the spirit of Holiness would be equivalent to a Rabbinical Ordination.

 

Now, if my calculations do not fail this was said on or very close to Lag B’Omer which we celebrated not many days ago. Thus the expression “not after many days” (2 Luqas 1:5) indeed would have been understood clearly as a Gemara hint pointing to the coming festival of Shavuot. Therefore, a connection is established between Smikha (Rabbinical Ordination) and the festival of Shavuot.

 

Now the Talmidim (Rabbinical students) interject, Master, we have been your faithful Rabbinical students but please tells us before you leave “will you as Mashiach restore again self-rule to Bne Israel?” (2 Luqas 1:6) The question hints also at “What will be our place as Hakhamim in the Messianic Kingdom that you are about to establish now?”

 

The answer from the Master Hakham is swift to his Talmidim Hakham –

 

2 Luqas (Acts) 1:7 And he said to them, not yours it is to know the duration of time or ages which the father placed in his own authority.

 

This reminds us of the Torah text “The secret things belong HaShem, our G-d” (Devarim 29:28). In other words the kingdom certainly will be restored to Israel. When? That is none of your business. As Hakhamim you will bring this process about by teaching Torah (Matityahu 28:19-20) and by establishing reputable courts of Torah justice, Batei Din (Matityahu 6:33) throughout all the world. This is important since from these two passages we understand what the office of a Rabbi (Hakham) is, not a Pastor, not a Priest, but a Torah Scholar and a Judge.

 

After this brief interruption of what the Master Hakham was saying. The Master Hakham continues explaining:

 

2 Luqas (Acts) 1:8 but you will receive power, having come the spirit of Holiness upon you, and you will be to me witnesses both in Yerushalayim and in all Judaea and Samaria and to uttermost part of the earth.

 

Now instead of your ruling the world as the Gentiles do by the power of the gun, or by political power, you will rule the earth through both a didactic and judiciary program starting in Yerushalayim. But first you will need to receive power from the spirit of Holiness. Now, question: Do we have a precedent in the Tanach where a Prophet shares of the spirit by which he was anointed as a confirmation of Smikha (Rabbinical ordination)?

 

The Pivotal Torah Passage

 

I propose that undergirding this brief introduction in 2 Luqas Chapter 1 and the whole of Chapter 2, is none other than Bamidbar 11:24-30. In this portion we read about the Smikha (ordination) of the seventy Elders (the Hebrew word Elder always denote the modern term Hakham) and how the spirit that had been imparted on Moshe Rabbeinu was caused to emanate from him and be bestowed upon the Seventy Hakhamim (a whole Sanhedrin).

 

Let us look and compare some of the phrases used in this passage and those used in 2 Luqas, Chapter 2.

 

  1. a) The miracle of HaShem‘s presence.

 

Bamidbar 11:25 – HaShem descends in the cloud and it envelops Moshe Rabbeinu and the seventy Elders.

 

2 Acts 2:2 – a sound from heaven like as a rushing mighty wind envelops the Temple.

 

On this pasuk (verse) from the Torah Hakham Samson Raphael Hirsch comments: “and HaShem descended … and spoke with him” The text does not tell us the words that HaShem uttered to Moshe on this occasion. Was this omission, perhaps intended to make clear to all further Sanhedrins that not everything that HaShem said to Moshe is recorded in Scripture? Was this meant to remind them that the field of competence for which they had been appointed at that moment was the Oral Law, that Word of HaShem which was to remain unwritten, handed down only by word of mouth?

 

  1. b) The Emanation of the spirit from one Hakham to many.

 

Bamidbar (Numbers) 11:25 He caused the spirit that had been imparted on Moshe to emanate, and He (HaShem) bestowed it upon the seventy Elders.

 

2 Luqas (Acts) 2:3 And appeared to them divided tongues of as fire, and sat upon each one of them

 

Now there may well be a connection here with the beginning of Parasha Beha’alotekha concerning the lighting of the Menorah and the tongue of fire coming out of each candlestick. But also the connection here of the spirit emanating from Moshe towards the seventy elders, contrasted with the spirit that was in Mashiach emanating from the heavens, now towards his Talmidim Hakham.

 

  1. c) The Result

 

Bamidbar 11:25 – When the spirit rested on them (the 70 Elders) they began (Hebrew: YITNABEU – “were made” or “were impelled”) to prophesy without ceasing.

 

2 Luqas (Acts) 2:4 And they were all filled with the spirit of Holiness and began to speak with other languages as the as the spirit gave them to utter forth.

 

Now it is important to note that one of the requirements according to Chazal, our Sages, of members of the Sanhedrin was the ability to speak not only in Ivrit, but also in several other languages of the seventy Gentile Nations. This point again reconfirms that the major theme of this event at the Beit HaMikdash (the Temple) was a Smikha, and with this Mashiach indicating to the people of Israel that the legal authority amongst the Jewish people was to be transferred from the Kohanim (Priests) to the Rabbinate until his return.

 

What other important theme also undergirds this event at the Temple? The clue to this most important question is given to us in Bamidbar (Numbers) 11:29:

 

“I only wish that all of HaShem‘s people would have the gift of prophecy! Let HaShem grant His spirit to them all!”

 

In other words, that the pedagogic objective of the miracle at the Temple, by which the Talmidim of His Majesty King Yeshua HaMashiach received Smikha indicated that the goal of every Nazarean should be to be indentured under a Hakham, become a Talmid Hakham and at some point become Hakhamim themselves. Look at this statement of Hakham Shaul:

 

“Faithful is the Torah, if any stretches forward (makes sacrifice and studies) to attain overseership (the Rabbinate) a good work he is desirous.”

 

Now, this is evidence enough that what Hakham Shaul is alluding with the phrase “if any stretches forward” is an echo of Moshe’s words “would G-d that all of HaShem‘s people were prophets.” That is, the intention here is that every man ought to keep stretching forward towards the goal of receiving Smikha.

 

A further piece of evidence leading to this conclusion are the words of Hakham Yochanan as recorded in:

 

1 Yochanan (John) 3:1 “See what Ahavah (steadfast love) has given to us the Father that Bne Elohim we should be called.”

 

Now, again the phrase “Bne Elohim” has been literally translated as “Children of G-d,” but the title of a Hakham is also “Ben Elohim” (son of G-d to indicate his role as a Judge), a title which is also given by G-d to Melech David and to His Majesty King Yeshua HaMashiach as Chief of all Hakhamim. Thus the above pasuk states that Ha-Shem, Most blessed be He, has given to us so much Ahavah that he calls and expects every Nazarean Jew to become a Hakham a genuine Ben Elohim.

 

And after this Event They Started a Church, Nu?

 

Good question, Christians teach so, but we know that the church started at Sinai (Acts 7:38). So did the Nazareans start, a new religion, a new denomination, or what? In 2 Luqas 3:41 we read that by the end of Shavuot that year at the Temple 3,000 male Jews and Converts were added. But the question still remains added to what?

 

Again we have many hints in 1 Luqas 2:42, which when carefully read, more aptly describes a Yeshiva to train future Hakhamim than it does a Church, a new religion, or a new Jewish denomination. Yes 3,000 Jews that day decided to drastically turn their lives around and matriculate in that Great Nazarean Yeshiva using as their classrooms the various courts within the Temple grounds.

 

Conclusion
In summary, Shavuot is not only a festival by which we receive the Torah afresh from HaShem, Most Blessed be He, but also a festival that reminds us year by year what should be our goal in life, to sit at the feet a genuine Jewish Rabbi (Hakham) a Torah Scholar like Gamaliel, and work hard, stretching ourselves towards receiving Smikha and becoming Hakhamim. Truly then we shall gradually see the fulfillment of the words of the prophet Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah), “They will no longer teach each man his fellow, each man his brother saying, ‘Know HaShem!’ For all of them will know Me, from their smallest to their greatest, the Word of HaShem, when I will forgive their lawlessness and will no longer recall their sin”.

January 31, 2016 at 1:06 pm Leave a comment

Are You Israel? Which One, Northern or Southern?

First of all, let me put this disclaimer out there.

1. I have never walked on water (unless you consider being pulled by a 70 horse Johnson boat motor), raised up a dead person or even made water into wine (believe me, I would if I could!).

2. The Walk Brenda and I are on now is OUR Walk. You have your own Walk. Unless HaShem (G-d, Yehovah, the Father, etc) tells you in your “knower of knowers”, don’t follow us in our Walk. We are NOT here to proselytize. We are in a process of converting to Judaism through the guidance of our elder, Adon Gabriel Hunnicutt.

3. The following is an explanation of our Walk. If you disagree on certain points or conclusions, please, let me know in the comments section.

Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

There are other verses and stories in the Tanak that support it but for now this is sufficient to let you know I am a believer in the 2 house scenario posited by so many in the Hebrew Roots movement … Eddie Chumney, Brad Scott, Rico Cortes to name a few.

So if you look at this verse you have to disseminate who is Israel and who is Judah?

Here we go to 2 Chronicles Chapter 11 …

2Ch 11:16 And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the LORD God of their fathers.

This is a verse that’s talking about someone that  set their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel .  Who are these people? the answer is earlier in the chapter.

2Ch 11:1 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.

Ok, Rehoboam gathered Judah and Benjamin. Judah and Benjamin are the southern tribes which stayed in Jerusalem.

Go back to Chapter 10 ….

2Ch 10:15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the LORD might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
2Ch 10:16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents.
2Ch 10:17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
2Ch 10:18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
2Ch 10:19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

Did you catch that? The Israel that rebelled against the house of David is the Northern kingdom! Rehoboam ruled over the southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin!

In verse 17 Rehoboam is reigning over the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, but in verses 15 and 16 we have rebellion against  Rehoboam and the House of David! They stoned Rehoboam’s emissary Hadoram to death and would have done the same to him had he not fled (vs. 18); now we have the 2 houses established.

1. The children of Israel that were obedient to Rehoboam. The Southern Kingdom consisting mainly of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. These people kept worshipping at the Temple in Jerusalem according to the Torah.

2. The children of Israel that rebelled and went north. The Northern Kingdom that set up their own houses of worship and times for worship. Their own  PRIESTS!

2Ch 11:14 For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest’s office unto the LORD:

It is interesting to note that in the very next chapter, Rehoboam gathered an army together but Hashem stopped him.

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2Ch 11:1 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.
2Ch 11:2 But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
2Ch 11:3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,
2Ch 11:4 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every man to his house: for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the LORD, and returned from going against Jeroboam.

Shemaiah was Rehoboam’s prophet much like Samuel was to King David.

So, we have a rebellious northern kingdom and Rehoboam set to go after them but HaShem stops him.

I think this would be a good time to interject some definitions.

Rehoboam means in Hebrew ” a people has enlarged” H7346 Strong’s

Jeroboam means in Hebrew “(the) people will contend” H3379 Strong’s

I hear Messianics (Hebrew Roots) people all the time saying, “We are Israel! We follow Torah! We don’t follow Rabbis! We’ve been fooled by men before and it’s not going to happen again!  This all sounds so good and righteous. They are correct. They are Israel. Northern Israel.

I want to take you to this verse now:

2Ch 11:14 For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest’s office unto the LORD:

What is this saying? Pretty simple.  The legitimate Levites or Priests left all they owned and went back to Judah because Jeroboam had threw them out and instituted his OWN priests! So, there were NO legitimate Levites or Torah ordained Priests left in the Northern Kingdom. Just those appointed by MEN!

In summary, I want to repeat 2 Chronicles  …

2Ch 11:16 And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the LORD God of their fathers.

Brenda and I set our hearts to seek the LORD God of Isreal.  From Cornerstone Church in Borger to Biblishe Gemiende in Germany to Hebrew Roots teachings till now, we have prayed to Yeshua to lead us to the LORD God of Israel. 

He has led us on this path. We are being taught by a loving Rabbi, Rabbi Dr. Yosef ben Haggai, who is currently in Australia. We have fellowship with his talmudim in Washington state and Tennessee. One of which, Rabbi Gregg Killian has an excellent website, called “The Watchman”. May Hashem watch over you in your journey and may we all have shalom in our lives.

January 7, 2015 at 7:40 pm 4 comments

Christians not allowed

Christians not allowed

Jaffa Gate to the Old City of Jerusalem (Wikipedia)Evangelical Christian evicted from Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter

The government owned Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem is trying to evict a resident because he’s not Jewish. The person in question is an evangelical Christian, who is in the country in order to build closer ties between evangelicals and right wing organizations. In September last year, Lorena Sokolovsky, landlady and mother in law to the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, received a letter from the company’s assets director stating that she was renting a property to “a person who did not match the company’s population criteria…(and) you are requested to evacuate the property and ensure it is only populated by persons matching the company’s criteria.” Shlomo Atias, a member of the Shas political party and director of the government owned company, confirmed that the reason for the eviction is that the person is not Jewish. “A Christian can live in the Christian quarter” he said, adding that he had to inform the landlady following complaints from neighbors.

source ICEJ >>> http://www.icej.org/

March 10, 2011 at 11:43 am 2 comments


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