Who we Are…

From Petah Tikvah, a Messianic Congregation in Rochester, NY.
“We believe in Yeshua the Messiah, otherwise known to many as “Jesus Christ.” As a Messianic Jewish assembly, we happen to prefer calling him by the name he used when he walked this planet 2000 years ago. Yeshua is a Hebrew word meaning “salvation.” The term Jesus comes to us from the Greek Ia-Sus, which eventually was transliterated into “Jesus.” Yeshua is our Messiah, as well as our Lord and Savior. He came the first time as the Lamb of God to provide an atonement for our sins. He will return a second time as the “Lion of Judah,” to reign and rule the world from Jerusalem, according to Isaiah 2:2-4.

Petah Tikvah is a Messianic Jewish ministry. The first believers in Yeshua the Messiah were all observant Jews. For the early decades, the only Bible they had was the Tanakh (“Old Testament”). They also had the teachings of Yeshua, which were passed on orally to his talmidim (disciples). Yeshua taught them, “Think not that I have come to destroy the Torah (Law), or the prophets: I have not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-19)

Yeshua never taught his disciples that the Law was ever “done away with.” Yeshua continued as a Torah-observant Rabbi. We seek to imitate our Master in this area, although we may fall woefully short. We don’t observe the mitzvot (commandments) to “get saved.” We observe the mitzvot as an expression of our love, as the lifestyle of a redeemed people. We believe in living a New Covenant lifestyle, as spoken by the prophet Jeremiah (31:31-33) and the writer of the Book of Hebrews (chapter 8:8-10): “Behold, the days come,” saith YHWH, “that I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah. Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant they broke, although I was an husband unto them,” saith YHWH. “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel: After those days,” saith YHWH, “I will put my Torah (Law or “Teaching”) in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

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