Why Have a Mezuzah?

Mezuzah

The mezuzah – meh-ZOO-zah – is a small container which is placed on the door frame/s of Jewish and Messianic homes. It shows that God is King in that home. It is a partial fulfillment (“thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house”) of Deut. 6:4-9 and 11:13-21 and contains those scriptures. Some put them on every door frame except the bathroom. It is a very good reminder and a testimony to all who come to your home.

The scriptures inside are usually hand written by a scribe in Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel) and should never be folded but rolled up instead with the writing on the inside. (I wrote my own in English and I am just as happy with that. I know God looks upon the heart.)

A mezuzah necklace is available to be worn by women and/or men – but without the scriptures inside. The reason being God’s Word is not to be treated lightly or carelessly. It is never to be taken to an unclean place. (bathrooms never have a mezuzah on their doors)

They can be in any style – expensive or home-made but it must show the Hebrew letter “shin” (SHEEN – not shin) which stands for El Shaddai, Almighty God, one of the names of God. This is the identifying mark.

As you stand on the outside of your house, the mezuzah will be on your right about 1/3 of the way from the top of the door post (mezuzah literally means door post) and is tipped slightly to the left. (toward the house) Look for them when you visit a new friend. You may see the nail prints of a former Jewish/Messianic family.

If you decide to place one on your door post – invite friends and bless your home – make it a party! Live the life and bless God thanking Him for every opportunity to show His Kingship over your home and life.

There is a special blessing to be said at this time. It is:

“Baruch atah Adonai, Elohenu Melech ha-olam,
asher kidshanu b’mitvotav v’tzevanu likbo’ah
mezuzah. Amen”

Blessed art Thou, O Lord our G-d, King of the universe,
who has santified us with His commandments and has
commanded us to affix the mezuzah. Amen”

Shema

Shema (sh’MAH) = hear with the intent of obeying.

This is the first word of that portion of scripture called the “Shema” which is the backbone of the Jewish religion. Jews recite it at least twice a day – morning upon arising and just before retiring at night. It is the first scripture learned by a Jewish child and the last words on the lips of a dying Jew. This scripture is one of the main arguments a Jew has against Christianity and the one thing above all others that sent the Messiah to the cross. They said He claimed to be God and there is “only one God”. God is one God. Our human minds cannot really comprehend the depth of this statement so all we can do is believe it and go on. – fjc – 1996

SHEMA

Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God, the Lord is one!
You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart, with all your soul,
and with all your might.
And these words which I command you
today shall be in your heart;
you shall teach them diligently to your
children and shall talk of them
when you sit in your house,
when you walk by the way,
when you lie down
and when you rise up.
You shall bind them
as a sign upon your hand
and they shall be as frontlets
between your eyes.
You shall write them on the doorposts
of your house and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NKJV

Blessings upon you and your household!

See you tomorrow! Sharaka

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