The Family of G-d

These United States of America are made up of 50 separate States, all living under the same Federal Law.

I chose to focus on Colorado because it is almost in the center of the land and because it is my home state. All people who live in Colorado are called Coloradians.

All Coloradians are also Americans. But not all Americans are Coloradians.

The Nation of Israel, like America, is made up of different “States” – or tribes. There are 12 of them. All the tribes lived under the same Law of God. The tribe of Judah is in the central part of Israel. The people of Judah lived in an area called Judea. They were called Jews. All Jews are Israelis but not all Israelis are Jews.

By the time the New Testament was written, eleven of the tribes were scattered over all the earth and had lost their identity. The only people left living in the Land of Israel were the Jews, and a few others that had trickled in from the other tribes. So all Israelites were referred to as Jews thereafter.

Technically Believers are actually Israelis, no matter what country they live in. The Family of God is made up of redeemed people who have chosen to follow the Lord. They have accepted Y’shua as their Saviour, asked forgiveness and strive to live in obedience to His Word.

God has one Family (the Church), one set of instructions for all of them (the Bible), and one land for them (the Commonwealth of Israel).

God has one book (set of instructions) for all His family. The Bible was written by Israelis – to Israelis – for Israelis and those who chose to be adopted in.

God has one Holy Land for His family. This is the Land of Israel. Technically Believers are actually Israelis, no matter what country they live in. (You can believe this or not.)

The Family of God is made up of redeemed people who have chosen to follow the Lord. They have accepted Y’shua as their Saviour, asked forgiveness and strive to live in obedience to His Word.

The Family of God is made up of the seed of Abraham, according to the New Testament, and that includes all Believers. I trust you have that the decision to become part of the Family of God.
Ask the Lord to show you His truth and be sure to check out everything I say. God bless you!

See you next time! Sharaka

Chanukah – Re-visited

“Shalom, favored one!” Gavri’el came to Miriam and proclaimed. “Don’t be afraid, for you have found favor with God. Look! You will become with Child; you will give birth to a Son and you are to name Him Y’shua. He will be great, He will be called the Son of HaElyon, Adonai – God …”
Luke 1:30-32 in David Stern’s Complete Jewish Bible

So Mary learned from G-d’s messenger, Gabriel, that she was chosen to be the human mother of Y’shua, the Light of the World. Did this historic happening occur on the Feast of Dedication/Feast of Lights as it is called in John 10:22?

We believe it did!

And so He was conceived on Kislev 25 (on the Jewish calendar) which occurs in the month of December.
We (Messianics) celebrate the incarnation of the Holy One at this time of year. His conception – not His birth. According to Scripture, He was then born nine months later on the first day of Sukkot, commonly called the Feast of Tabernacles, which occurs on Tishrei 15 on the Jewish calendar.

These are G-d’s dates given in Leviticus 23. G-d’s Holy Word is a Jewish book, written by Jews, with one exception, and inspired by the Holy Spirit. It was first written to Jews and later extended to include Gentiles. Y’shua was – and still is – a Jewish rabbi and He will return as a Jewish rabbi. If you celebrate His conception or don’t, it’s not nearly as important as believing Gabriel’s report and myriads of saints and martyrs who have given their lives to say, “I believe!”

The most important thing you can do in your whole life is to believe that Y’shua HaMashiach, or Jesus, the Christ, was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and that He became G-d in the flesh to live in this sinful world and to die for our sin so that we might forever live with Him. Give Him first place in your life and let Him live – dwell – tabernacle – forever with you.

G-d bless you and give you His shalom!

See you next time!                                                                                                                                                                               Shalom, SHARAKA

originally written 12/2002

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